I am writing "HOW-TO install and integrate ssh on Mac OS X" ... (Where can I publish it?)

Ben Lindstrom mouring at etoh.eviladmin.org
Fri Dec 5 04:42:07 EST 2003

On Thu, 4 Dec 2003, Robert wrote:

> Am 04.12.2003 um 10:33 schrieb Sergio Gelato:
> > More generally, MacOS X system startup scripts in
> > /System/Library/StartupItems
> > can be overridden by locally installed entries in
> > /Library/StartupItems. Just
> > give your custom script the same Provides parameter as the one you
> > wish to
> > override. In 10.2, for example, you could simply copy the
> > StartupItems/SSH
> > directory and edit /Library/StartupItems/SSH/SSH to use your sshd.
> Great.
> I didn't know that.
> Aehm, one question arises...
> Why doesn't Apple gives us power users a way to manually ./configure
> everything in the OS? I could imagine that it is not only me having a
> need for a customized ssh, cups, apache (I have a need especially for
> apache!!), well and I am shure there are other examples.

The more options you provide an end-user the worse your technically
support gets.

You end up with so many different variants you need to support to make
everyone happy.  It is so much easier for them to build a standard and
stick to it even if they only cover 80% of the population.

- Ben

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