[svlug] non-religious? count me in!
raffi at linwin.com
Tue Feb 6 18:53:01 PST 2001
On Tue, 6 Feb 2001, Bill Jonas wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 06, 2001 at 01:18:42PM -0800, Rafael wrote:
> > I feel sorry for people who torture themselves with vi /etc/sendmail.cf.
> Why in the world would you want to do that? That's just asking for pain.
> Much better (if you're going to use Sendmail) to use the sendmail.mc
Yes, replace one "language" with another, that's progress? Just because
something is being done for centuries it doesn't mean it's OK today.
Why not have
HUMAN READABLE files! Why the hell do I need to learn macros, another
language just to edit a config file? Learning vi to edit a decently
designed config files is enough. Not to mention that I DO NOT WANT
additional tools and security holes on my mail server. /lib, /usr etc is
enough to worry about.
editing sendmail.cf and expect immediate results is like sitting on a
broken glass with pants down waiting for a relief.
HReceived: $?sfrom $s $.$?_($?s$|from $.$_)
$.by $j ($v/$Z)$?r with $r$. id $i$?u
for $u; $|;
# HPosted-Date: $a
# H?l?Received-Date: $b
Machines are supposed to help us, not make life more difficult. And no,
I'm not looking for GUI or learning macros to edit a config file. vi
/usr/local/exim/configure works for me.
> I treat the .cf file as a binary file. you should too.
> --Eric Allman, author of sendmail, on sendmail.cf
And nobody should ever edit binaries unless the partition was wacked or
you are writing a new file system. At least not regular sysadmin work.
> Bill Jonas | "In contrast to the What You See Is What You
> bill at billjonas.com | Get (WYSIWYG) philosophy, UNIX is the You
> http://www.billjonas.com/ | Asked For It, You Got It operating system."
> http://www.debian.org/ | --Scott Lee, as quoted by Lamb and Robbins
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