xorg-server portability + de-perl changes

Daniel Stone daniel at fooishbar.org
Thu Nov 1 13:50:11 PDT 2007

On Thu, Aug 16, 2007 at 10:15:47AM -0700, Alan Coopersmith wrote:
> Joerg Sonnenberger wrote:
> > patch-ag and modeline2.awk replace the Perl script in hw/xfree86/common
> > with a simpler AWK script. This removes the last major dependency on
> > Perl in modular Xorg. The script should work fine with any nawk, tested
> > are one-true-awk and gawk.
> Why is removing perl usage a useful thing to do?   (Seriously - is there
> some system out there for which perl is the only obstacle to building
> modular?  Does removing perl make builds go faster?)

If we can sensibly reduce our build dependencies (i.e. without having
ridiculously large C/shell files that defeat the point of using
Perl/Python in the first place), then I don't see why we shouldn't.  As
Joerg noted, Perl is just so abysmally horrible at cross-compilation I
don't know where to start.  (Basically, you need Scratchbox, and to use
Scratchbox is to fail at life.)

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