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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • We have
    • Request Tracker RT at
    • Spamassasin
    • Infobot
    • Bugzilla
    • Debian Configuration :-)
    • gotmail
    • Nagios uses perl plugins and embeds perl for faster checks
    • Wembin
    • MisterHouse
    • AWStats
    • Fink
    Hopes this makes someone happier :-)


    • Most of these have no use to a mere mortal. I am looking for applications that do something that people want to do (other than futz with computers). I want to find the stuff that non-techie people would want to use.

      • Tools for programming---RT, bugzilla
      • System admin---Spamassasin, Fink, nagios, Debian configuration, awstats
      • Computer hobbyist wanking---infobot, misterhouse

      gotmail might qualify, but it looks complicated to use.
      • If you compare the list to the python list, the python list is with the exception of the PIM all geared towards developers.

        I disagree when you say RT is only for programmers, we use RT for a lot of different stuff and a lot of non programmers use it.

        Moveable type seems also to be used by alot of non programmers.


        • What else do you use RT for? Anything that is not software development?

          I'm not especially interested in the list Python made, and I'm not making my list to show that Perl beats Python.

          I want to know if Perl is useful to anyone other than techies. Moveable Type seems to be a good example of that. Are there others?
          • We basicly pipe all our client related email through RT, if it has to do with a support issue, general questions, specification just about everything so we can keep track off all in and outgoing communication with every customer.

            Since we are a software shop just about everything is ofcourse related to software development, but it is not only used by us programmers, in fact the bugs and change queues seems to be the least used ones.

            Sorry for that python list reference, I missunderstood you as if you were

            • Anyone else using RT for anything? I saw some examples on the Best Practical website, but they were pretty lame, and the screenshots had tickets dealing with Perl stuff.

              Still, I count RT as an enterprise application. :)
              • So. RT gets used at thousands of companies for all sorts of things. People use it to: track customer support requests, track abuse complaints, track marketing leads and yes, to track bugs. I know of at least one counselling service that uses it to track patient records. Many sites have an administrator who manages the product, but 99+% of users don't know that it's written in perl and never touch a line of code. (And yes, soon, 3.0 will be done and the screenshots will be revved to look prettier)