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[#] Thu Jul 08 2010 17:32:36 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Well, the unix tradition *is* that a command which completes successfully will produce no output. I agree that typing "rm -fr" by itself is a usage error, and it should indicate as much.

[#] Thu Jul 08 2010 17:42:50 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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ford, you underestimate the power of disk-caching.

wiping out a couple of mb is real fast; it just gets slower if its more files.

and, as the last guy points out, if you have a shellscript, and $FILE can be empty you don't want cron to send you mails about 'file not found'



[#] Fri Jul 09 2010 10:53:11 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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right, he sure said that, but it doesn't make it right.

[#] Sun Jul 11 2010 14:50:41 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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its been that way 30 years now.



[#] Fri Feb 04 2011 07:28:04 EST from qwertz0815 @ Uncensored

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How about AIX ? I really like it ... have to cope with it everyday ;-)



[#] Fri Feb 04 2011 08:42:49 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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well, have some dead boxes in the cellar, need some time to have a look at them again...

in general its a problem that its not generaly available to the interested person, same problem as hpux...

wanna check whether citadel is portable enough? ;-)



[#] Fri Feb 04 2011 12:05:14 EST from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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There's a few IBM'ers and former IBM'ers here (I'm a former IBM'er) who've had experience with AIX. I think the one aspect of AIX that I really liked was the configuration tool, smitty. For its time, it made AIX much easier to use for those unfamiliar with traditional UNIX systems.

That has me wondering, though, when smitty was first introduced vs. linuxconf.
AIX Binder

[#] Fri Feb 04 2011 12:30:07 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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who. I was showed smitty somewhen at cebit, and just thought WTF? No aix for willi.



[#] Thu Feb 10 2011 13:52:55 EST from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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smitty goes back to at AIX3, if not farther back (job I worked had an AIX 3.3.2 box)...not sure how far back that goes, vs. linuxconf.

I'm not an IBM'er, but I've been administering AIX systems for nearly 9 years, and Linux for 16 or so.

[#] Fri Feb 04 2011 19:08:11 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I played with AIX a little in my short time at IBM (contractor, Tivoli, QA work).

I was asked to lobotomize the machine, unfortunately, so I deleted the /dev folder.



[#] Thu Feb 10 2011 11:55:47 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Which is sort of another IBM hallmark, no?



[#] Thu Feb 10 2011 16:43:12 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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True. Even when they were at their worst, monopolizing and manipulating the industry, they never built anything that was flimsy.

[#] Mon Feb 07 2011 22:37:28 EST from Ahff Rowe @ Uncensored

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AAIX.... Did it come with a window manager called "Panes?"

[#] Wed Feb 09 2011 23:52:16 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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AIX is good for one thing and one thing only: verifying that your pSeries hardware is in working order before wiping the box and installing a version of Linux built for the POWER architecture.

It's got an IBM level of stability and discipline to it, that's for sure.
It's reliable as anything. But it's a pain in the neck to work with.

[#] Tue Feb 08 2011 20:31:27 EST from isoroku @ Uncensored

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I remember when I was working at IBM it always seemed more difficult to setup the AIX instances on the servers than the Linux instances.

[#] Fri Feb 11 2011 07:05:40 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I was also referring to the hard-to-work-with bit.



[#] Mon Feb 14 2011 06:39:09 EST from saltine @ Uncensored

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If you buy a used pSeries box can you install AIX on it or do you need some nasty license key and support contract to use it?

[#] Mon Feb 14 2011 12:25:34 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Nope. IBM will require you to put it under an active maintenance contract in order to receive operating system updates.

[#] Wed Feb 16 2011 23:32:43 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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There's a few IBM'ers and former IBM'ers here (I'm a former IBM'er)
who've had experience with AIX. I think the one aspect of AIX that I


Ahhh smitty. AIX was actually pretty cool when you got used to its fucked up quirks.
I mean it deviates from the norm just as much as solaris and hpux and linux do, because there is no real norm to compare to.

[#] Wed Feb 16 2011 23:36:06 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I think the thing linux has going for it (and this is really the bin tools) is that all the shit you really want to be able to do, somebody's written into the standard linux bintools.
Whereas solaris 10's tar actually can't do the z part in tar zxvf, linux tar does z and j and has for a long as I've ever known about it.
To that end linux is a far far better system to work with than any other.
Then again aix has xldb, which for its time was a pretty rockin debugger.
Solaris has sun's dev environment I think it's called sunstudio which blows away anything else except eclipse, but eclipse is new, so before eclipse there was nothing else to compare to.
But now I'm getting away from the OS and talking about dev tools so I guess that doesn't count.

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