Re: RFC: GUI tools for common Debian admin tasks
I think that easier config is a worthy goal. I have long mused about how
to teach a single tool about the myriad config files. But I'm too lazy to
actually write one.
On Thu, 7 Sep 2000, Frederic Peters wrote:
> Seth Cohn wrote :
> > >So, yes, why reinvent the wheel, if there are allready n^x conftools
> > >around with a new one popping up monthly (webmin, COAS, linuxconf,
> > >debconf, yast, ..., ..., ...) ? It's not going to make anything
> > >easier.
> > Agreed. If you want to do something USEFUL, write a better webmin, debconf
> > or linuxconf module.
> - webmin: I think it is useful (and nice) not to have to launch mozilla
> to add an user or change a password.
> - debconf: dpkg-reconfigure users ? debconf is there to configure
> applications and I don't want to replace it at all. It is just not
> suited for some tasks
> - linuxconf: Marco d'Itri sent a comment I agree with (excepted for
> the insecure part where I don't have enough knowledge to judge)
"why reinvent the wheel" was one of my first reactions, too.
I'm glad to see some discussion of alternatives. I hope that someone
(Frederic?) will take notes and write a summary on a web page somewhere.
I'm reminded of the document that someone (Joey Hess?) wrote comparing
I'd like to see a little more in depth comparison, though. For example,
someone says that linuxconf "sucks, is buggy, and insecure"; but does that
make it harder to fix than to reinvent? Why? It is said to be "tainted
by redhat", but how about fixing it to allow customization for different
I used linuxconf as an example, but the same questions apply to all other
config tools. Gnome, for instance, has a config tool. I'm sure kde does
too. Presumably you want a tool independent of these desktops, but it
would be great if it interacted with Gnome's tool. Maybe one could even
separate the back-end from the GNOME front-end, and re-use it?
Even if you can't use a single line of code from any of the existing
projects, studying them allows you to steal worthwhile ideas and learn
from their mistakes.
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