More random python observations from a perl programmer

Tom Christiansen tchrist at
Fri Aug 20 15:07:09 CEST 1999

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In comp.lang.python, 
    Florian Weimer <fw at> writes:
:Manpages are most useful for languages which do not support namespaces
:(so you can hit `K' or `M-x man RET RET', and you get the right page).
:Perl fits into this more than Python (which heavily uses methods on
:builtin objects).  Unfortunately, `man exists' (or `perldoc exists')
:doesn't work with my Perl installation either, 

I really hate that.  You're right about perlfunc being insanely long.
I've always argued against it, and there's a script in the distribution
kid that *will* create things like /usr/local/perl/man/man3/exists.3,
but I haven't managed to get my lobbying power worked up enough to push
through to make that the default.

	 "If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there."
	 Lewis Carroll, "Alice in Wonderland".

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