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Derek Broughton news at pointerstop.ca
Tue May 20 16:11:01 UTC 2008

Marcin Kasperski wrote:

> Are you sure answering 100 questions is less error-prone than
> locating this single tweak you need to change and changing it?

Why should a config tool ask 100 questions?  Or even 5?  A good config tool
shouldn't need to be more complicated that editing - ie, search, change,

> Yes, reconfiguring remote sshd, firewall, or network interface is
> risky operation. But it is risky by its very nature, not because you
> edit config files. I strongly prefer to edit the file, being able to
> see what I write and where and why, than to run some sequence of
> questions which I can perfectly misunderstand or press Enter too
> quickly.
How is that any more likely to happen with a config tool than when you're

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