[TUHS] A/UX [was Linux is on-topic]

Larry McVoy lm at mcvoy.com
Thu Aug 13 11:47:20 AEST 2020

You liked SMIT, it seems, I am among a large swath of people who did not.
The SMIT I had did *not* show you what files it was editing and I ran
SMIT on 1GB main memory powerpcs.  I think it was AIX 4.something.

Maybe it got better but it was awful for me.

On Thu, Aug 13, 2020 at 10:00:09AM +1000, Dave Horsfall wrote:
> On Fri, 31 Jul 2020, Larry McVoy wrote:
> >On Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 07:12:57PM -0400, Richard Salz wrote:
> >>>SMIT was quite nice [ context seemingly removed ]
> >>
> >>i have never seen those four words together like that before.
> >
> >Me neither.  SMIT was HORRIBLE if you understood the files in /etc and
> >knew what to do with them.  It might be nice if you had no understanding
> >of how to admin a Unix system and here is this "nice" curses based way to
> >do admin.
> SMIT was one just one of the systems that I had to sysadmin (along with
> Open/Xenix (hah!), Slowaris, PH-UX (as we called it), etc; I narrowly
> avoided Windoze, along with denying all knowledge of COBOL.
> >To anyone remotely competent, and I don't mean edit sendmail.cf, I mean
> >you can edit inetd.conf, you can edit a crontab file, etc, SMIT was a
> >nightmare that made something that should be vi $FILE, done 20 seconds
> >later, a hellish journey through their menus.  It was AWFUL.
> Quite, because I liked the way that SMIT showed you the obtuse command that
> was being executed, so you could run it yourself with modifications.
> >Ask me how I know.
> Ditto...
> -- Dave

Larry McVoy            	     lm at mcvoy.com             http://www.mcvoy.com/lm 

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