SPUG: Reducing perl's footprint? (embedded system lacks space)

Chris Wilkes cwilkes-spug at ladro.com
Wed Apr 24 09:46:01 CDT 2002


  On the NoCatAuth mailing list someone posted with the annoying subject
of "Why Perl Blows" (which immediately got all my goats) which boiled
down to that it took up a lot of disk space.
  The linux kernel and bootloader came in at 1MB, the file system at
2MB, and perl at 2MB (way compressed, with all the .pod's stripped out).
  I thought there was a perl for embedded system project out there but I
couldn't find it.  Anyone have experience with building an
ultra-stripped down version of perl?
  He ended his post with "when is the C version of this code is coming
out?"  The obvious response is "when you get around to writing it"  I
couldn't see what size of memory card he was using, I believe it is this
model http://www.musenki.com/m-1.html which starts off with 32MB.


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