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- Subject: Re: best approach for scripting on Intel Mac OS X?
- From: "Ken Smith" <kgsmith@...>
- Date: Tue, 26 Dec 2006 04:51:52 -0800
On 12/26/06, Alex Queiroz <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
On 12/26/06, Ken Smith <email@example.com> wrote:
> I actually did try using lposix and lfs. Ex looks similar enough that
> I didn't bother with it as well. Python was simpy the better tool for
> the job. It happened that I needed to compute SHA-1 sums and Python
> had a module for it. The Python implementation ended up being faster,
> probably owing to os.walk() being faster than explicit iteration with
> the methods provided by lposix and lfs. The native SHA-1 support was
> also certainly better than doing a popen to sha1sum. Although I find
> Lua to be a fantastic language, I must say that it has not usurped the
> other tools in my toolkit just yet.
That's why I push ex: Because a growing user base is the kind of
pressure that can make it get better and more comprehensive. Some
early courageous adopters are needed!
Noted :) It would be excellent to see these three efforts congeal
into one but I believe that has already been wished for on this list
at least once before. I like the idea of lposix but I find its strict
adherence to the spec somewhat limiting at times. I like Ex's
approach for sleep() better than lposix'. (With Ex, you can sleep a
fractional number of seconds whereas with lposix, you must sleep for
integral numbers of seconds.) I do plan to check out Ex but I frankly
it is unfortunate that the development energy is not focused.