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Ovid (2709)

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Stuff with the Perl Foundation. A couple of patches in the Perl core. A few CPAN modules. That about sums it up.

Journal of Ovid (2709)

Tuesday December 05, 2006
11:14 AM

Fun code problem of the day!

[ #31810 ]

No one who works here would ever write such a monstrosity and we're not sure exactly where this code originated, but somehow it wound up on a server and a co-worker asked me to take a look and figure out what was up. I knew things were bad when I saw the beginning of it:

die "\nArguments:\n
-a | -p | -x\t\tServers: all / production / eXclude production
\t\t\tDefault: exclude production
-d<days> [-h<hours>] | -m <month, 1-12>\t\tMANDATORY
-n<num servers | all>\t\t\t\tMANDATORY
[-i<ipaddress>]\t\t\t\t\toptional, specify host
[-s<500|5000>]\t\t\t\t\toptional for HTMLified output.
\t\t\t\t\t\tSize limit in MB.
[-z]\t\t\t\t\t\toptional, HTMLify output
[-t <1-12>]\t\t\t\t\tExclusive option - get totals for month <n>
\t\t\t\t\tUse in conjunction with either -a, -p, -x
  unless (($opt_a || $opt_p || $opt_x || $opt_i)
    (((($opt_d || $opt_h) && !$opt_m)
                (!$opt_d && !$opt_h && $opt_m))
    (($opt_n && !$opt_i) || $opt_i)) || $opt_t);

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  • You owe me new eyes!
  • I've not actually run the code, but at first look, it dies with a "usage" message if not an acceptable combination of command line switches, probably originating from Getopt::Std or Getopt::Long, is set.

    die $usage unless some_combination_of_opts_set;
    • found this while googling rentrak... now i'm sick.
      • Given your response to another journal entry, I expect you might be considering a job with them. I used to work for them and I'm quite happy with them. If they offer you a job, jump at the chance. They have great programmers working for them and you'll learn a ton.