Our best foot forward
optomatic at rogers.com
Wed Nov 14 11:47:28 UTC 2007
This is my first post here.
It seems to me that me that if an administration job needs to get done
there are pretty much two ways of going about it:
With GUI assistance, i.e Synaptic
Through the Command line with possible manual editing of configuration
Synaptic and it's counterparts are great but surely they must take some
time to write and risk losing the options available at the command line.
The CLI is great but with power comes complexity. So my suggestion is a
halfway point between the "hand-holding" of the GUI and the sometimes
confusing world of the CLI.
I / We could write a series of tutorial/helper scripts to guide people
quicker and get the job done faster.
For instance I just set up an NFS server. A hybrid script-tutorial
something like what I wrote below might provide quick guidance with less
echo "we need to do such and such, here are some options to try, blah,
blah, blah etc"
sudo gedit /etc/exports
echo "okay now we need to do this because blah blah"
sudo exportfs -ra
sudo /etc/init.d/portmap restart
sudo /etc/init.d/nfs-kernel-server restart
There must be lots of people out there that don't have any trouble
reading, copying, pasting and changing permission with scripts (or could
learn to do so quickly) but are pressed for time and have only 10
minutes to set up something like an NFS server. A script that suggested
a popular set up but that did not enforce it and allowed for
customization would give everyone the best of both worlds. Would this
not save time and most importantly make Ubuntu more marketable?
Please let me know what you think-Patrick
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