plug.org at todandlorna.com
Tue Sep 3 18:07:39 MDT 2013
On 9/3/2013 9:41 AM, Lonnie Olson wrote:
> You think you can do better? Do it!
Slightly less tongue-in-cheek version: http://www.tldp.org/
Anyone saying "this explainshell site is a great idea for explaining
what that magic bash script line is doing" is basically saying they
don't know how to parse it into bits themselves, and would rather some
other tool do their thinking for them. To me, this is a step in the
wrong direction. I don't program in assembly, but I CAN, and I sure
know what the voltage values representing 1s and 0s do in my many
machines at what level. If I didn't want to know all that, I'd just be
a developer and whine to the library makers that the documentation
doesn't do my thinking for me when my stuff breaks. Or maybe the DBAs.
This site might eventually become something that can document
undocumented code a bit, but I'd prefer the sysadmin that is myself to
know what the commands do a little more deeply than that. This will
give me the power to go from "Oh, that's what that line does" to "why
would they do this in such a complicated manner? awk can do this
without piping it along 3 different for statements."
We can do better. We can RTFM.
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