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Message Posted: Fri, 07 Feb 2003 @ 00:02:06 GMT

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Subj:   Re: Perl with Teradata Solution (Free Ware issue)
From:   Sam bass

  In one of the Teradata folders we found PERL components. We are planning to use this as a scripting language to access Data to and from from Teradata utilizing Flat files.  

What platform are you running on (UNIX, Win)? By Perl compenents, do you mean scripts, modules, or something else?

  1) Is there any formal agreement of PERL with Teradata since PERL is a free ware that will justify our using this on the Production servers?  

I'm not aware of any 'formal agreement' between Perl and TD, b/c there's really no single Perl entity that NCR could forge an agreement with (maybe, Larry?).

Plus, I don't understand what you mean by 'justify'. Perl is a proven language in all sorts of 'Production' applications; big financial companys being a good example. In fact, if your using NCR's MP-RAS UNIX you'll most likely find Perl is installed already ;-)

  Our companies policy is not to allow any free ware on Production boxes.  

Okay, I understand this policy. But how do they define free ware?

  2) Also, Even if PERL is allowed, is it a good tool to Edit and validate text files 5GB(22m records) in size to be finally inserted into teradata tables.  

Yes! Perl is good for this. Although, your 5GB files may run into trouble on Windows platforms (I think there's a 2GB limit?).

  Basically is PERL-Teradata viable tested IT solution.  



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