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Re: Perl For Windows System Administration

by LAI (Hermit)
on Mar 12, 2003 at 19:59 UTC ( #242489=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Perl For Windows System Administration

I don't actually do any Win SA work with Perl. I kinda feel like anything done under Windows winds up hacked together and badly kludged, so as long as it's going to be done badly I might as well use one of the bits of software we've bought for the purpose. In Windows I always feel like I'm fighting against the way the system works in order to get anything done.

All the automated stuff that's more general-use and non-platform-specific is run on one of our Linux servers. Stuff like regular tape backups, mailings to sales reps, archiving of various documents and reports in gzipped PDFs... all that's done with Perl or PHP. (It was all done in PHP before I got here :o)

That said, I would very much like to install ActiveState's Perl on one of the Win2k servers to script tasks -- but then I'd still have to struggle with Windows' crappy automation mechanism. If only someone would implement a decent cron on Win32!

Update: I just realized that I have no idea if anyone has written a decent cron for Win32. Anymonk know of one? (Thanks, zakb)



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Re: Re: Perl For Windows System Administration
by zakb (Pilgrim) on Mar 13, 2003 at 09:42 UTC

    I've had some success with this cron on Win2k. It's not got very good documentation, and it states it's 'freeware', but it does seem to work!

Re: Re: Perl For Windows System Administration
by ellem (Hermit) on Mar 12, 2003 at 20:11 UTC
    You are singing my song there my fellow Monk!
    There's more than one way to do it, but only some of them actually work.

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