A project that I was recently working on was asked me to automate the creation of a LAMP stack and WordPress. Having worked with a ton of Cloud services, my mind immediately snapped onto tools like Ansible, Cloud-Init, etc.

All of them are really convienent to setup, but have a Rube Goldberg like quality to them. I wanted something that was truly stand-alone. So I decided to use shell script instead.

## Learning Curve

A lot of tools that I used to automate this very simple, and common place task, were forgein to me.  I learned a lot about tools like sed, ed and printf, awk, etc but it was surprisingly quick and easy to learn most of what I needed to learn from Google, and heck, even man pages.

All of this is now making me question the current efforts that are being put into stuff like configuration management, cloud-init, automation, etc.

 DEBIAN_FRONTEND=noninteractive apt-get update -q=2  should not be the command one should use in their script, and yet here I was doing just that. It's funny how we violate the basic Unix philosophies, like writing program that are meant to work with other programs, writing programs which have a text interface, and writing programs that are simple.