Petras has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Hi, everybody!

I was writing a script for a friend on his computer, and his perl path is different than mine, which is also different from the perl path on my server. So, I wondered, "I wonder if I can put multiple shebangs in a script to make it more portable?" Several hundred xp points ago I would have simply posted that question under SOPW, but this time I decided to try it and see if it worked (before asking ;)

I wrote a simple "Hello, world!" with multiple shebangs, and the script worked! I thought, being so basic, the program might not have even needed to know where perl is (after, the perl command should deal with that, right?). So, I went to the best node of all times and stole a much more complicated bit of code. Still worked with multiple shebangs. Good stuff.

Here's where it got interesting. I tried #! /usr/reallybadpath/perl -w for the only shebang, and the script still worked. So, I ditched the shebang all together, and the camel script still worked. Interesting.

So, is what I learned early on in perl program no longer true with the rise of Perl 5.8.x? Is a shebang still something to be all sharp and bangy about? What gives?

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