On Fri, Aug 2, 2019 at 6:55 PM Lassi Kortela <xxxxxx@lassi.io> wrote:

 IIRC a major
asset of Perl back in the day is that it had a _comprehensive_ Unix API,
not just the Platonic ideals of system calls.

Which meant that it was even easier to write a bad and buggy system program in Perl as in C, since Perl had a lower activation barrier in all other matters.   Complete with the C feature of ignoring errors unless you made a point of checking them.  Even sh has -e.