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Old 08-16-2004, 11:28 AM   #1
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Feasibility of a compiler for shell scripts (BASH)

hello friends!

What are the feasibility options for a shell-script compiler. ie,

shell-script -----> special compiler -------> executable [or binary]

Imagine what a performance boost these compiled-shell-scripts can get to Linux.

so! what are the options? what all should be considered befre starting such a project? How much boost can a compiled binary give as compared to interpreted script? Has any attempt been already done for this (i got nothing from googling )

any ideas! suggestions! flames! all welcomed...

Old 08-16-2004, 11:36 AM   #2
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Ummmm, why? Quite often all a shell script does is call various other programs and do a little processing (sorting of filenames perhaps). The majority of scripts I write are just a means to run a series of other programs on a whole load of files.
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I agree with Komakino. A BASH script is a simple program that makes use of already compiled programs. So I would think the effects of having a script converted to binary would be negligable. Maybe you are thinking more of compiling an interpreted language such as Perl or Phython? The benifits here would be a faster program but at the cost of reduced flexability.


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