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

Mike Bird mgb-ubuntu at yosemite.net
Tue May 20 18:19:22 UTC 2008

On Tue May 20 2008 10:59:57 Derek Broughton wrote:
> Why?  That smacks of really poor programming in the first place.  Computer
> programming is deterministic - whenever "X" happens, then "Y" (OK, not
> entirely true, as you can add randomness, but the whole purpose of config
> files is usually to enforce determinism).  Any deterministic system can be
> completely modeled, and so there should, in theory, be _nothing_ that a
> power user would want to configure that can't be done with a config tool
> that would prevent him doing it incorrectly.


There are some really elementary theorems in computer science that
basically show that even really simple computer programs cannot be
understood, and that no computer that accepts input can be error-free.

So tell me, one of my servers has "inet_interfaces = loopback-only"
in /etc/postfix/main.cf (with a big comment explaining why) and yet
another one of my servers does not.

Which one is correct?

And where do I type my big explanatory comment in your GUI?

--Mike Bird

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