Re: Bug#433812: ITP: pssh -- Parallel versions of the OpenSSH tools
On Thu, 19 Jul 2007 18:47:59 +0200, Nico Golde <firstname.lastname@example.org> said:
> * martin f krafft <email@example.com> [2007-07-19 18:40]:
>> also sprach Nico Golde <firstname.lastname@example.org> [2007.07.19.1828 +0200]:
>> > "What are these tools good for? Mainly for controlling large
>> > collections of nodes in the wide-area, where faster alternatives
>> > such as GEXEC and PCP are not available. For example, I use these
>> > tools on a fairly routine basis on PlanetLab to control hundreds of
>> > machines spread around the world."
>> That says absolutely nothing. Use cases? Are pssh tools going to
>> enable non-deterministic system administration?
> Do we need package descriptions anybody can understand even without
> knowing anything about the topic or what?
To an extent, yes. The expectation is that the target audience,
which is a typical Debian user installing packages on a machine, should
be expected to figure out whether or not the package might be useful
(as opposed to deciding not to install a package because they can't
make head or tail of the description).
Obviously, this is not supposed to be taken to the extreme; you
are not supposed to define a full ontology of every word used in the
description; but in this case a number of fairly expert users have
indicated that they are unable to understand what the package does, so
I definitely feel that there is no question about this particular case.
"Many are the wonders of the Universe, and none so wonderful as
Mankind!" -- Sophocles
Manoj Srivastava <email@example.com> <http://www.debian.org/~srivasta/>
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