[nycbug-talk] Last night's meeting

Bjorn Nelson o_sleep at belovedarctos.com
Thu Dec 3 18:54:02 EST 2009

George Rosamond wrote:
> Wondering other's thoughts on last nights meeting. . .
> I thought it was a great meeting overall. .. brought in more speakers,
> some for the first time, encouraged more people to be involved.
> We often have side discussions about topics that don't justify a full
> meeting.  It might be an SSH hack, a creative use of pipes, and so it
> reflects the day-to-day activities of people. . . so it's worth
> integrating into our meetings without the rigidity of this or that
> specific topic.
> Personally, though, I was thinking we should try for a "pipes and
> scripts" meetings as opposed to "ports and packages."
> Maybe a bit clearer by saying the solutions/hints/hacks should be
> interoperable for all bsds (and even Linux and Solaris, etc). .. .
> basically a focus on creatively employing the core unix commands. ..
> from "at to zcat."  Say, unix is a toolbox, what do you do with the tools?
> Say. . . running a command then ending with "&&  mail -s 'script done'
> root" or  uniquely piping things to logger, like ike's jls example (jls
> being a FreeBSD ls for the current jails for the host).  little things
> that make life easier because ppl are employing the core unix tools
> creatively.
> Nevertheless, we could look at repeating last night in some form or another.
> Other thoughts?
> g
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There is a lot of use in just trying to massage data (log files/stuff in 
a database) into a format that one can build a pivot table out of 
(openoffice calls it data plot).  Basically using a mix of awk, sed, tr. 
Would this fall into what you are thinking of?


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