> there has some people looking to see, if we can drop the perl dependency
since it occupies considerable amount of space which could be used for
more useful purposes
At least in Debian, the "perl-base" package (which is an essential, Perl's
POSIX standard utility...) containing the Perl interpreter / core stuff is
only <2MB. It's all the extra modules etc in "perl" package that take
>10MB space. But that's not an essential package.