SLUG Mailing List Archives
Re: [SLUG] Miguel's "Unix Sucks" Paper
- To: slug@xxxxxxxxxxx
- Subject: Re: [SLUG] Miguel's "Unix Sucks" Paper
- From: Andrew Morton <andrewm@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon Aug 14 00:09:17 2000
Jeff Waugh wrote:
> GConf is a new system for the configuration of GNOME applications, and
> should be in GNOME 2.0 (1.4 will possibly see some integration of GConf).
Gconf is very nice. It is surprising that Unix doesn't have a single library
for reading config files - along the lines of getopt(). We can see the
result of this lack in /etc today...
I attended Miguel's talk in Ottawa. It raised a few hackles, but this old
Unix hack (over 20 years - gad) was in 100% agreement with everything he
He's not going to take pipes, sed, awk, grep away from the traditionalists,
so I'm not sure what they have to complain about.
But where I expect Miguel to come unstuck is in the system management stuff.
Does he really intend to patch ftpd, inetd, innd, apache, samba, NIS, etc to
use a rational configuration system? I don't think so.