[ubuntu-uk] webmin, was Ubuntu RAID Management

Mac Ammonius.Grammaticus at googlemail.com
Sat Aug 23 21:40:33 BST 2008

Johnathon Tinsley wrote:
> Its absence is deliberate, and its not licensing related. Webmin plays
> with the config files of programs it alters in nasty ways. I don't know
> the specifics, but both Ubuntu & Debian refuse to package it.

Mmm... Are you sure?  I'd be grateful if you could suggest where I might 
find out more.

You see, I came across a similar criticism in a comment on an article: 
"When it edits a config file, it erases most or all of the original 
file, including helpful comments, and leaves you with a list of 
properties. If you want to use webmin _exclusively_, then this is fine, 
but if you ever want to manually change your config again, forget it."

However, a later commentator replied, "I am an experienced sysadmin, and 
I've been using Webmin for a few years now. I am comfortable with both, 
editing the config files or just using the Webmin interface... Webmin 
does not erase comments from config files, as mentioned before on this 
post list. Believe me, I've used it for years. Now, if you use the SWAT 
interface for the SAMBA server through Webmin, then SWAT does erase 
comments from the config file. Then again, SWAT is it's own web inteface 
and Webmin has no control over it. Maybe that's what happened to that 

Any clarification would help.


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