[OT] Debian mailinglists [was: RE: Debian or Ubuntu?]

Derek Broughton news at pointerstop.ca
Tue May 20 13:49:23 UTC 2008

Steve Lamb wrote:

> Derek Broughton wrote:
>> No, actually it isn't.  I'd be happier if it wasn't even possible to
>> configure most servers with a text editor.  I don't trust people,
>> especially administrators who think they know everything.  I particularly
>> don't trust people to hand edit my ssh config.
>     You don't trust people, especially not sysadmins... but you trust
> programmers.  Ok then.  Ker-plonk.

Don't be a moron.  Of _course_ we trust programmers.  We trust them all the
time, or we wouldn't even be using this OS.  We trust Open Source
programmers even more because we can audit their code.  Anybody who thinks
it's safer to edit a config file by hand than with a GUI isn't on my hiring
list.  There's a very good reason that /etc/sudoers contains this warning:

# This file MUST be edited with the 'visudo' command as root.

It's not a GUI (though actually, it could be) but it forces verification of
the file before actually replacing the old file.

<plonk> back at you.

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