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Re: RFC 99 (v3) Standardize ALL Perl platforms on UNIX epoch

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Andy Dougherty
September 14, 2000 08:01
Re: RFC 99 (v3) Standardize ALL Perl platforms on UNIX epoch
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On Thu, 14 Sep 2000, Chris Nandor wrote:

> There's also the possibility of time accepting an argument, where 0 would
> be perl's time and 1 would be native time, or something.

Now that's a clever idea.  Hmm.  I think I like it as a solution to the
specific issue at hand better than the proposed time()/systime() pair. 
I think I'll "borrow" your suggestion for a longer posting on
perl6-language :-).

On the other hand, I'm not sure I like it too much as a general solution
to the broader portable vs. native issue, since other functions with
arguments can't be handled so cleanly.

Yes, I know it's very very unfair to take your time() suggestion and try
to apply it to a question like "Should unlink() on VMS unlink all previous
versions (i.e. like a command line PURGE) or should it behave more like
DEL and only delete the latest version?  

But the unlink() question is also a valid one with many of the same
underlying issues.  I'm currently trying to think about how to encourage
us collectively to handle similar issues in similar ways.

    Andy Dougherty
    Dept. of Physics
    Lafayette College, Easton PA 18042

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