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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I also work with the debian perl team in debian. Debian uses perl for a variety of tasks under the hood as it were. And many tools, like aptitude for example, began their life as perl programs and later migrated to C++ or C for speed. But there are still tons of perl programs used by debian, some that maybe should make their way to CPAN. Take a look at our Package Entropy Tracker (PET) for example; [] This is a very valuable tool written by tincho in co-ordination with other members of the debian-perl team and has been adopted by other teams inside debian. The debian perl team gets along nicely, maintains about 1000 perl modules in debian, collaborates with core perl developers, and in general serves as a 'canonical' distribution of perl programs. All of this work is done by volunteers who are self-selecting and self-organized - for no money! Surely that is worth a book!? :^) Jeremiah