At 12:28 PM 6/27/97 -0400, Rich Pieri wrote:
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>>>>>> "GS" == "David G Simmons <- Java Technologist - Cary NC"
>>>>>> <David.Simmons@East.Sun.COM>> writes:
>GS> I would actually argue that the documentation is very good *for
>GS> heads*, but for the great unwashed, it is too vague and 'techie'
>GS> least this is the feedback *I* get from a few folks helping me,
>GS> *not* UNIX-literate.
>I would argue that you have not read majordomo.ora through, because
>targeted at Unix heads. Quite the contrary, it is targeted at people
>willing to learn something about Unix environments as part of the
>of setting up Majordomo and mailing lists.
>Try reading it without the attitude that "this is for Unix geeks;
>never understand it" and maybe you (and everyone else) will discover
>this is not rocket science.
I must agree with Rich, that the explanation in the O'Reilly book
chapters is pretty good. Although I know more than average user about
UNIX, I am not an expert and still my set up of majordomo was quite
uneventful. I do believe that my attitude - I know I can do it - was
very helpful when I read and tried to understand it.
I just have one comment/suggestion to the ora text, which was
published when the old perl (4.003) was norm.
The new version of perl (higher than 4.xx) requires adding \ before @
so it is not interpreted as an array (was told by a Perl programmer).
If somebody follows the instructions from the book to the letter and
doesn't know Perl, it gets stuck when it reaches the following lines
in the majordomo.cf file:
$whoami = "Majordomo\@$whereami";
$whoami_owner = "Majordomo-Owner\@$whereami";
or gets itself into trouble if decides to remove the \ from the
lines, assuming it is an error.
How about a short note being added to the comments in the
majordomo.cf file which mentions this fact - It doesn't look like the
O'Reilly is planning on a new edition of this book, which is pretty