On Wed, Oct 29, 2003 at 04:26:27PM -0400, Ben Steeves wrote:
Mind you, SMIT's implementation wasn't perfect. Since the
built programmatically (SMIT is essentially a front end that runs the
appropriate commands (or scripts)), they were sometimes less than
optimal or needlessly pedantic (putting in parameters for flags that
would be assumed as defaults, that sort of thing). Still, it was very
reassuring (for a seasoned sysadmin because you knew exactly what was
going on, and for a newbie because you could learn).
I think that the fact that SMIT had to do this was an indication that
the whole configuration process was wrongheaded from the start in AIX.
I have always felt that keeping a database and then overwriting a set
of functionally write-only config files was the worst combination of
possibilities available. (Yes, I was an AIX admin at one time, I'm
not just spouting off.)
But then, I don't write config tools for Red Hat any more, that was
my old job back when I re-wrote netconfig for the first time. :-)
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