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Wed, 30 Aug 2006 08:07:27 -0500
I've finally built a usable proxy setup that doesn't contain recursive
references, so I can use it pretty much as well as my old multi-hop setup.
However, I'm still not clear on why requiring pre-defined proxies is better
than allowing users to build an ad-hoc list when they need one.
For example, I use the sudo method a lot - in fact, pretty much every time
I'm editing files on a remote machine. From what I can tell, rather than
just opening an old-style filename like:
I have to add a new proxy definition like:
'("\\`remoteserver2307\\'" nil "/ssh:address@hidden:"))
then mess around with tramp-default-proxies-alist to get the new entry where
I want it (or just restart Emacs, which is often easier). I may never
actually connect to that server again, especially if it's a friend's
machine that they've asked me to poke around on for troubleshooting, and
yet it requires the same work as setting up a machine that I'm going to be
I'm not saying that the new proxy setup is bad, but I just don't "get" it.
What's the killer app for the new system?
Despite all that, I still love Tramp. Multi-hop connections are probably
the most useful administration tool I've ever used, and one of the reasons
I absolutely won't leave Emacs.
The Day Companies
- Why proxies?,
Kirk Strauser <=