GUI admin tools should provide transparency

MadMan2k madman2k at
Sat Jan 21 11:23:06 GMT 2006

Pascal wrote:
> Le Sam 21 Janvier 2006 09:08, Robert Collins a écrit :
>> On Sat, 2006-01-21 at 02:57 -0500, Andrew Piskorski wrote:
>> uuuh, the reason windows is opaque is the lack of source. Ubuntu is
>> definately NOT going down that path.
>> As for the gnome admin tools, depending on the tool there are backend
>> modules for different linux/unix flavours or its just built in. See the
>> source (no, I'm not kidding).
>> Rob
> hello
> Just my 2 euro-cents on this topic. What is nice with gui tools is having the 
> possibility to learn the internals while using them, if we wish to do so. IBM 
> AIX SMIT admin tool always lets you see what script is run to execute a high 
> level admin task and it really speeds up my AIX learning when I was a 
> complete beginner.
> As for ubuntu gui admin tools, I would find it very usefull to have somewhare 
> in a log file, a dump of final commands that were executed to do the task, it 
> would provide :
> 1. a guide for beginner who want to get advanced users : what commands do I 
> have to learn in manuals, docs etc
> 2. a mean to debug the tool or system when the gui task execute wrong actions
jup - something like an command line switch, which would just give out 
the executed commands to stdout.
This would create no overhead and still give the experienced users the 
opportunity to look behind.


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