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On 01/24/2013 03:19 PM, Daniel Feenberg wrote:
> On Thu, 24 Jan 2013, Bill Bogstad wrote:
>> On Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 2:14 PM, joe at <joe at>
>> wrote:
>>>   The problem I have with GUI administration is if you make a
>>> mistake, you never quite know what file got configured incorrectly,
>>> then you end up troubleshooting the GUI to find out what to fix. 10
>>> points for open-source. But if you know what you're doing in the
>>> first place, it's nice to click once and get it done.
>> I know it had its detractors (including me), but I think that IBM's
>> SMIT for AIX had a good idea.    Put a "gui/text-based" wrapper around
>> the command line tools/config files and then show the user of the
> GUIs are nice for once a year tasks, but hell on repeated setups, so
> it is good to have both. The problem I see with providing both is that
> often the GUI writes over the text file, which disables the
> command-line/programmable interfac 
For most tasks I generally use the command line, but I found that for
some tasks using the GUI (in this case the RHEL GUIs) saves some time.
Mostly I prefer to use chkconfig over the Services GUI, but sometimes if
I am coming in via the vSphere console, the GUI might be easier. 90% of
the time I use YUM for updates and software installs, but on Debian
based systems I'm not all that up on apt-get options.

Jerry Feldman <gaf at>
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