Re: [dev] convergence

From: uki <>
Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2013 11:08:45 +0100

There is more Unix-nature in one line of shell script than there is in
ten thousand lines of C.
Ɓukasz Gruner

2013/1/2 Sam Watkins <>:
> On Tue, Jan 01, 2013 at 02:13:14PM +1100, Daniel Bryan wrote:
>> Bash is my go-to for system scripting, but for something that will run
>> 100% of the time on my system for years it's not over-engineering to do
>> it efficiently.
> It would be nice to extend C with suitable function and macro libraries,
> and a little new syntax (can be done with a pre-processor) so that we could
> write compact code in C as in shell. Try setting up a shell pipeline in C,
> and you'll see what I mean. There's no reason it should be more
> difficult to do stuff in a compiled language, we barely ever use truely
> dynamic stuff like "eval" or varibles by name in the shell anyway.
> Combined with a good quick compiler or interpreter, we could get a real
> "C shell" into the bargain.
> tinycc for example is well fast enough to be used in an interactive REPL
> as if it were an interpreter; and that's without any attempt to optimize
> by pre-loading headers or whatever.
> Sam
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