Name: Alexander Pierce
Member since: 2000-07-18 21:30:34
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  • 5 or 6 years (who's counting?) of HP-UX system administration, and I finally penetrate them, via an independent contrator.
  • CS degree that has gathered dust

  • jobSecurity Auditing. Rewriting a bunch of old ksh hacks w/ something more useful & powerful, not to mention user-friendly. All command-line.

Recent blog entries by miaomix


Why are some people allowed to program?

I just moved the temporary directory for my password auditing system in 3!!! spearate ksh files that exist in 3 separate directories...still haven't found all of them obviously, as it is not working. I wouldn't be so shocked if this confusion came about because of too many hands, but is entirely the product of one man as far as I can tell...time to dig into the crack source code locally to see if it got hard-coded into there as well.

You would think it wouldn't be that hard for people writing massive systems in shell scripts to have a separate file for global variables, and to locate this global definitions file and the various scripts in the same directory...and have them all use the same temporary directory while they are at it!

I think this is a major reason why I am moving this implementation to a little more powerful language...this is just too much work for what it does...I mean, does it really take 5 ksh scripts to read a report, 1 perl script to processes it, and 2 more to file it? and each script has its own set of identically named variables, so that any changes (like, let's say to the Administrator...) need to be made 9 times or so.....


on a nicer note, it means I won't have to deal with password auditing reports until this gets all hashed out.

Also, finally got ahold of Grant...can't ever seem to find the man, but he has decided to come out of his shell for a month or two at least.

Well well well...saw this awhile back, another damned Salon conversion, though.

been playing w/ ruby (the OOP scripting lang), kinda reminds me of the smalltalk work I did in college. I like it much better than python or PERL as of right now, we will see.

Getting tired of cleaning up 3 year old ksh scripts, though, so have to do SOMETHING....

damn car needs a bit of working. idler pully on the sc is shot, and an irritating squeak is developing. at least the belt isn't slipping.


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