Re: [mu TECH] RCP bug / features

From: Michele Andreoli (
Date: Tue May 30 2000 - 20:46:45 CEST

On Tue, May 30, 2000 at 12:39:03PM -0400, Jason Short - Emerald Technology, Inc. nicely wrote:
> >Thanks, Jason. If you has ideas about improvement, let me know.
> You had to ask... :) I also found a few bugs on the RCP.

Please: report, report to me all.

> I really think that the RCP panel makes muLinux much more usefull to people
> like me. Now the machine does not even have to have a monitor on it 99% of
> the time. And being http based I can get at it through my firewall at work
> (no telnet access).

Have you tried the java-telnet in the browser. Unfortunately, fonts
are too small.

> The only user interface element that I found a little confusing was the
> Restart button at the bottom of the resource area. I kept think that would
> restart the machine, not the service.
> Maybe changing it to Apply Changes?

Argh! This is a per-resource button. Apply is better. This "restart" is
related to library functions in resource: configure(), stop(), store(),

> Then you know that the changes you just made on the screen are applied and
> the service is restarted with those changes. I know it makes sense from
> the Unix standpoint, but I am not that good with Unix... :)

> I would also find the following screen very usefull:
> Resource Summary:
> -----------------
> ethernet up
> pppd up
> crond down
> etc...

Good proposal. A new button, under "Resource":

                setup status save_profile

> That way from one screen you can see what is up and what is down. I know
> you can do it manually by going from resource to resource, but would be
> nice for a summary screen.
> ppp status screen:
> ------------------
> Show the current status of ppp and allow you to manually start it from the
> RCP. You could even go so far as to ask for a new phone number (Or a list
> of numbers).

These screens are automatically generated exploring the /setup/cnf
directory: the adm.cgi script do not add any sort of new knowledge.

Advantage: If I add a new resource, I must not upgrade RCP. It is always
Disvantage: a button like yours do not apply. I have to put a
new parameter in Setup/PPP, like : "start now PPP link?"

> *****
> diald:
> ------
> Attempting to configure diald after applying my changes the test command
> comes back like this:
> ifconfig %7C rgrep ppp0
> I think that the %7C should be the | character.

Argh! This is my hyper-rustic cgiparse(), with sed. If you run
an installed MU, edit the file /usr/local/thttpd/murcp/cgi-bin/adm.cgi.

> Save_Profile Button:
> --------------------
> I get the following error message:
> gzip: stdout: broken pipe
> I have rebooted the machine twice, but I still get the same error.

mmm ... maybe this happen if no profiles are previous saved. In this
case this script become interactive and you got the error.
Please, try to save first with "Setup -s lock"

> Cheers, and keep up the good work!

Fiuu! I'm happy because you do not asked for an authentication
panel in RCP!

Thanks for debug.

I'd like to conclude with a positive statement, but I can't 
remember any. Would two negative ones do?       -- Woody Allen
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