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

Grant Taylor gtaylor at tnetconsulting.net
Thu Aug 13 13:15:01 AEST 2020

On 8/12/20 7:47 PM, Larry McVoy wrote:
> The SMIT I had did*not*  show you what files it was editing

My recollection is that smit(ty) did /not/ show you the commands that 
would be run /by/ /default/.

That being said, there was a (P)F key you could press prior to 
executing, one of the many (P)F keys smit(ty) used, that would show you 
the command and all of it's arguments which would be run.

I didn't like /using/ smit(ty) for much.  But I did find it /useful/ for 
learning things which I didn't know by using the menu a few times and 
analyzing the command(s) that it would generate and run.

I think it was a really advanced form of "<bla> command example" 
searches that I see people doing on the regular.  The BIG advantage is 
that you used the menu interface to tweak parameters for your configuration.

smit(ty) also had the added advantage that it could look up possible 
values of things to put in the fields for you.

I don't know any seasoned AIX admins that use smit(ty) for their day to 
day, week to week, or even month to month activities.  Though I think 
many of them end up using smit(ty) once every year or two to look at a 
particularly obtuse command.  Sort of like a contextual aware man page.

Grant. . . .
unix || die

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