[OT] Debian mailinglists [was: RE: Debian or Ubuntu?]
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Wed May 21 14:26:02 UTC 2008
Les Mikesell wrote:
> Derek Broughton wrote:
>> For instance, to configure postfix as
>> a smarthost, it needs to know your ISP's SMTP server name, port, and
>> authorization information. When you enter those into a config tool, it
>> can open a connection to the server and test it.
> First, remember that postscript
postfix - I know even less about postscript...
> was written specifically to be easy to
> configure so you are cherry-picking an example.
If I was cherry picking, I'd have picked something I knew better. Postfix
was somebody else's suggestion.
>> Why would I assume _it's_ wrong any
>> more than I would assume somebody screwed up the config in an editor?
> You haven't been doing this very long, have you? Wade through the bug
> history on a few large programs to catch up. It's a pretty safe
> assumption that every program has bugs and it's just as easy to make a
> mistake in program source as a config file.
Of course there are bugs (and yes, I've been doing this for 30 years). But
there's still a vastly smaller chance that there'd be a bug in a config
tool than that there'd be a mistake in a hand-edited file.
>> Sorry, that's an insane statement. If I am editing a config file with an
>> editor, it's up to me to make sure changes are checked into version
> And that's a problem? Why?
It's not - but you said it couldn't be done in a config tool.
> Great, let me know when it's done. And when it will match my version
> control system.
Why would it have to? This is OSS - it would depend on the tools necessary
to do version control. If I wrote it, I'd probably use svn. If you liked
the tool, but not the version control, you'd modify it to handle your
preferred form of version control.
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