On Sun, Nov 10, 2013 at 6:12 PM, Tom Lane <t...@sss.pgh.pa.us> wrote:
> Andrew Dunstan <and...@dunslane.net> writes:
>> It might be a bit more portable if we replaced the shebang lines on perl
>> scripts with
>>     #!/bin/env perl
> Perhaps, if we're worried about people keeping perl somewhere other
> than /usr/bin.  However, the most likely reason for having a
> /usr/local/bin/perl or whatever is that it's a newer and shinier one
> than what's in /usr/bin.  Since we're only interested in bog-standard
> perl, there's no real reason for us to want to pick up the local one.
> FWIW, there was a big discussion at Red Hat a few years ago about whether
> to run around and do that to all perl/python scripts, and the outcome of
> the discussion was that using env was deprecated, not encouraged.  I don't
> remember the reasoning in detail, but I think the core idea was that if a
> distro knows they ship perl in /usr/bin, then inserting env into the
> equation doesn't do anything but add cycles and failure modes.  I'm not
> sure that that argument applies too well to our scenario, but it's out
> there.  The particular application to this case might be: what makes
> you so sure env is in /bin?

+1.  If we're concerned about non-standard Perl locations, I think the
right way to handle that is to design the makefiles to invoke Perl
scripts using $(PERL) $(srcdir)/whatever.pl; and to make the Windows
build scripts do the equivalent.  We are, at least in some places,
already doing that.  IMV, the role of the #! line is just to cater to
the less-likely scenario where someone wants to run one of those
scripts outside the build process; if their perl happens to be in the
standard location, they can do that as "./whatever.pl" rather than
"perl whatever.pl".  If their perl does not happen to be at that
location, then I think it's anybody's guess what the #! line would
need to be to save those three keystrokes.

Robert Haas
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