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J. David Blackstone has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering and nine years of experience at a wireless telecommunications company, where he learned Perl and never looked back. J. David has an advantage in that he works really hard, he has a passion for writing good software, and he knows many of the world's best Perl programmers.

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Friday September 27, 2002
03:56 PM

Cargo cult

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I recently learned what this term means. Today I realized that's what I should call all the dBase forms I find lying around on our server that have their executable bits set by those who have been there before me.

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  • I find that most of the executable file problems that I see are down to samba setting +x as a way of storing the DOS archive file attribute. It sucks, but there you go. It's not like any software actually uses that attribute, anyway...


    • I've seen that a lot, but this is dBase IV for Solaris UNIX. (Ancient and unsupported.) Users set the x bit either because they don't understand chmod or because they think they have to.

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers