> > There is a good reason that linuxconf is deprecated ... it's broken.
> > There is no way known that it could keep up with the updates and
> > improvements of the packages that it was supposed to administer.
> Ok... I'm confused... linuxconf works on my box, with no mention of being
> deprecated, nslookup was the only program I noticed proclaiming that. So
> basically this is one big fat... HUH??
There are many factors that might result in Luke's comment, but roughly
speaking I have identified at least 3:
1) it's broken; it doesn't do what you want it to do (true enough;
the version in RH7.0 had no dial-out PPP config module at all!);
there might not be a way within it to configure exim instead of
sendmail, or whatever;
2) it's broken; you'll run it again at a later date and it'll do
rather more than you asked it for, *ling on your settings
(include the idea that it might run later, or not reliably
making changes that effect what you asked it today the first
time you ask for them, or it will forget what you set next time
3) Old-Fartism: `in myyy dayyy, wi did everyfingk by 'and'.
There's a lot to be said for this; "it's" an /etc/hosts file
whether you tweaked the contents by linuxconf or vi, and vi is
available on rather more distributions and machines than you can
"rely" (which you can't, anyway) on linuxconf.
I did ask this on uk.comp.os.linux (my `home' group :) a few months ago -
deja/google will probably find the survey results, but the impression I got
is that, sure, there are the bugs, but the old-fartist approach has also
played a significant part in pulling a few respectable regulars away from
using it altogether, which I can understand. That's why I use it as a
once-off to set everything up immediately after base installation on a
* custom install box, and never again.
(It also helps that I have a large builtin database of `task I wish to
achieve' -> `config files and actions to do to achieve it' entries; that's
called Experience, by some people, or `sadness' by those who have lives :)
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