[nycbug-talk] fave BSD tips/tricks?

Brian Cully bcully at gmail.com
Wed Aug 26 08:11:36 EDT 2009

On 26-Aug-2009, at 03:36, Andy Kosela wrote:
> I generally agree with Miles here, but still think that X11 on the
> production server (say DNS or mail) is not really necessary and it  
> saves
> you from some bloat.  For me the UNIX toolkit is strictly CLI tools --
> X11 is only good for a desktop machine anyway.

	X has proved its worth to me on production servers many times in the  
past, from using it for ethereal/wireshark to Erlang's tcl/tk  
toolkits, to being able to run purify on a production daemon to nail  
down a crash. It strikes me as the same kind of problems as logs, only  
less-so: you don't often need full logging, but when you do, it's a  
life saver, so it's good to have them even if you don't think you'll  
need them.

	As George says, it's not 1995 anymore. Developers are starting to  
reach for GUI toolkits for administration over CLI, and some tasks are  
just plain better done in GUI, anyway (wireshark is a huge win over  
tcpdump, especially in a crunch).


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