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What language could be used to complement sh ?
sh is easy to use to copy/paste from a an howto and make a script
sh is not the easiest when it comes to complex actions and data management.
The choice has to take the following into account:
must be easy to have on all unix/bsd/linux ( including mipsel, arm, MacOs ...)
must stay small to install on the remote machine ( ie: the jvm is too big )
must find a way to keep the easyness to script actions and test them
must not have to much difficulty between interpreter versions
must not have a lot of dependencies ( if possible standalone )
Would have to make it easy to cross compile
Could implement all the requirements (ssl/ssh/rsync/regex) in one binary
Creating types will not be as easy as creating a shell script, what could be the alternative/mix ?
Lisp - sbcl
strange language but could be used for this kind of usage
installed the binaries from their site: it works
they give binary versions for a lot of arch/os
Using v8 would make it easy to use anywhere
I did not find how to interact with the system
If using rhino: too big, needs java
By default on a lot of plateforms
used a lot for othe projects
pb with version change
some libs are depending on C (arch pb)
Used by puppet and chef ...
Not sure how portable/light it is
Tooooooooo big !
tried to download the standalone binary and use: pb with missing lib ... not as standalone as needed
kind of big for an embeddable version: 50MB