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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Lets imagine for a moment that the native Win32 compatibility was perfect. All the modules, all the functionality, they all Just Work.

    I don't use native Win32 compatibility, and likely never will except in unusual situations. I don't want to be on Windows if I can help it. I don't use anything Windows offers if I can help it. I can't function without making it look like UNIX.

    Would you still want to use cygwin?

    Yes.

    It cygwin "just" a crutch to get around things that doesn't work natively?

    No.

    Or do you (personally) really need it for something else?

    Something besides Perl programming? YES. Everything, in fact. The only other apps I use are Firefox and Outlook (because I have to), and the Office apps (because I have to). I do everything that possibly can be done in Cygwin, including things that people more knowledgeable about Windows could probably do much more easily.

    Or do you just really like using it?

    YES.

    Is it a fix for your Unix withdrawal syndrome?

    Yes, and more than that.

    Or would you be happy to see it gone if it wasn't needed to make certain modules work more easily?

    I would grieve to see it gone. I don't use it to make certain modules work more easily. In fact, I regularly do without a tiny handful of modules that just don't work (yet). I have to offload that work to a UNIX machine.

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