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FAQ 8.30 How can I convert my shell script to perl?


This is an excerpt from the latest version perlfaq8.pod, which
comes with the standard Perl distribution. These postings aim to
reduce the number of repeated questions as well as allow the community
to review and update the answers. The latest version of the complete
perlfaq is at http://faq.perl.org .

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8.30: How can I convert my shell script to perl?

    Learn Perl and rewrite it. Seriously, there's no simple converter.
    Things that are awkward to do in the shell are easy to do in Perl, and
    this very awkwardness is what would make a shell->perl converter nigh-on
    impossible to write. By rewriting it, you'll think about what you're
    really trying to do, and hopefully will escape the shell's pipeline
    datastream paradigm, which while convenient for some matters, causes
    many inefficiencies.

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