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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • [insert obligatory anacdote about Debian and its ability to update libc three times before breakfast here]

    That out of the way, some advice. Back in the mists of time when Apple Powerbooks were black and named after streets in New York, some Linux nutters decided it would be cool if they could run something other than a crappy co-operative multitasking system (translation: we crash by mutual consent) on Apple hardware. Enter Debian Linux/PowerPC. I had interesting times in 1998 when they were just getting off the ground. There was no stable tree, just unstable and yes it was unstable. A libc upgrade causing catostrophic system failures was a regular occurance.

    So what I learned to do, and my advice to you, is to do a static compile of your basic utilities to have in an emergency. fileutils, bash, textutils, rpm, etc... Or keep a copy of sash (Stand Alone SHell) around and set root to use that. It'll at least let you do *something* when libc fails.

    Or you could just use Debian. *p0inT and l4f*