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Re: Bug#225999: ITP: debsync -- installed packages synchronization tool

On Mon, Jan 05, 2004 at 10:26:15AM +0100, Arnaud Vandyck wrote:
> > To someone that does not already posess those skills, having a simple
> > command to do it could be valuable.  Not all Debian users are
> > programmers or even desire to be.
> Come on! Such scripts are for admins, not users! Users don't have access
> to root on different hosts and are not able to update other hosts.

I think that if we assume that "everyone that installs Debian is a Unix
admin in the traditional sense", we are missing out on a large number of
people.  We give people many tools that do things that they could do
with a shell -- Nautilus and Konqueror to name two.

Just because you throw Debian on a machine and know the root password
does not mean that you know how to do shell scripting.

Moreover, I can think of plenty situations in a home or small business
-- where shell scripting may not be understood -- where it could be good
to keep two machines more or less in sync.  For instance, if you have a
machine in the home office and another upstairs.

Now, whether or not there is demand for this, I don't know...  My point
is that the argument that "any shell programmer could do this trivially"
is not a good one, because not everyone is a programmer, much less a
shell programmer.

-- John

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