Well, the problem is this. I work for an all-Microsoft company that is
currently being forced to take on a number of Linux servers. They have this
framework that allows for the automated installation and configuration of
servers based on a number of Windows 2000 staging servers and a SQL server.
The problem? They want the same framework to build out Linux servers as
So basically I had to find a way to get these Linux servers to talk to the
existing framework. It didn't seem so bad at first, but I had a hell of a
time getting the Linux box to talk to the MS SQL server. ODBC didn't seem
to work nor did the variety of Perl modules that I tried. The only thing I
got to work was PHP (Sybase) and FreeTDS. I really wanted to do this in
Perl, but alas, I'm forced to do it in PHP.
That's the story. ;-)
----- Original Message -----
From: "Taylor York" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "Michael" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Tuesday, July 09, 2002 9:47 AM
Subject: Re: Wait/Timeout
> Hum. Im kindof curious about the shell...
> I really know next to nothing about them, but anyway..just wondering why
> are making one?
> and just little details or something...sounds like an interesting project.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Michael" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Newsgroups: php.general
> To: "PHP General" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Sent: Tuesday, July 09, 2002 11:14 AM
> Subject: Wait/Timeout
> > Hi!
> > I've been using PHP to write shell scripts and was wondering how to
> > implement the following:
> > - I have a menuing system
> > - If a user does not give an input within a certain amount of time, I
> > it to go to a default value
> > I checked the PHP functions page and the closest thing I found was
> > which isn't quite right. I'm sure this is a common thing, so does
> > have any suggestions? Again, this is a terminal program and not a web
> > While I have your attention, I also wanted to create one of those
> > while users wait for longer tasks to complete. I tried using the
> > stuff to print and erase characters, but it didn't seem to work. What
> > good way to create a "spinner" so that users know that the program is
> > working.
> > For those who don't know what I mean, I'm thinking of something like...
> > - (backspace) \ (backspace) | (backspace) / (backspace) etc. etc.
> > Thanks in advance!
> > Michael
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