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RE: [Pyatcron-devel-list] Cron backend: a correction

From: Childers, Matthew
Subject: RE: [Pyatcron-devel-list] Cron backend: a correction
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2003 15:21:21 -0600

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Julien Olivier [mailto:address@hidden
> Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2003 2:57 PM
> To: address@hidden
> Subject: RE: [Pyatcron-devel-list] Cron backend: a correction
> >     As a user I want an easy, well laid out GUI that I can quickly
> > modify the following (which I think we are already close to):
> >
> >     o  Add, modify, delete cron and at jobs (of course)
> >     o  Use a 3 step wizard/druid to quickly create cron/at jobs (see
> >             Juliens earlier post on exacts specs)
> >     o  Offer pluggins (I am so lost on how to spell this now) to
> > choose
> Congrats Xavier, you lost him now :) it's PLUGIN, for g**'s sake :)
> >             and modify the task the user will be using.
> >     o  Allow "easy" scheduling, or predefined schedules for users
> > such
> >             Daily at x time, or Weekly on x days at x time...
> >     o  Add an Advanced Tab/Button/Dialog that allows a user to
> > define
> >             a much more precise schedule.
> And maybe, even, tweak the command if it has been generated by a
> >     o  A Preferences dialog to set cron variables.  ???
> If, as a user, you're not sure you need it, maybe you don't need it :)
> What I mean is: do users know what a cron variable is ? If they do,
> probably don't need/want a graphical tool to configure their cron
> jobs...

The question marks were asking if you all wanted to add this feature,
not whether or not I would use it.  I agree that the average user will
never use it, and that most that do don't need a graphical tool.
However, I don't agree that we should make our interface lacking in
options.  If someone that comes to linux from a windows background may
like using a graphical tool to set up there tasks.  When I came to
linux, and didn't know any of the commands, I really liked the graphical
tools, because I could actually use them.  

I just think that we need to hide from the users things that they may
not need, but not leave them out completely.

> >     o  An option to show/hide old at commands
> >
> > Any others that I am missing?
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