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[MidLifeXis]Anyone have a suggestion for a tool to help build an incident-board type display? I have various pieces of data that I need help visualizing the big picture.
[MidLifeXis]Basically tying pieces of a (not well documented) system I am inheriting and that I want to get my arms around. Figured I would have the system, function, host, and other attributes up on a canvas, tie the relationships together with lines, and move ....
[MidLifeXis]the nodes around (manually or automatically with manual tweaks) to get my arms around how to document a system map.
[MidLifeXis]Hmm, that sounds like a graph. Perhaps graphvis or dia can help with that.
[MidLifeXis]I was thinking the police show style postit/paper/pictures on a corkboard with strings between nodes, but that is just a directed graph.
[choroba]I usually use graphviz
[choroba]I have some perl scripts to create nice diagrams of Perl dependencies, function calls and program flow, but not yet ready for publication
[MidLifeXis]I figured I would document the items and relationships as I find them and have the app show me the pretty pictures to help lay it out for documentation purposes.
[MidLifeXis]Really don't want to do that by hand.
[choroba]just use splines = true
[choroba]playing with edge weights usually takes some time
[choroba]but once parts of the images come from the data that changes often, scripting the process is the only way to go
[MidLifeXis]Understood. This is info based on textual documentation and tribal knowledge
[MidLifeXis]Just looking to gain an understanding of the whole layout.
[atcroft]MidLifeXis: A table containing the useful info, and a table containing the link between the two items?
[MidLifeXis]Think of a system that has grown organically over a number of years with many undocumented relationships.
[atcroft]MidLifeXis: Then something like GraphViz to show the linkages?
[MidLifeXis]Looking at it right now, ambrus :-)
[choroba]ambrus eq atcroft?
[MidLifeXis]Looks like clustering can also be used to define different views of the data (grouped by machine, grouped by specific application, etc)
[MidLifeXis]MidLifeXis *facepalms* Sorry atcroft (and ambrus)
[atcroft]MidLifeXis: No worries-main thing is to see if it might be a useful suggestion for you. The source isn't nearly as important. :)
[atcroft]MidLifeXis: Apparently GraphViz is deprecated in favor of GraphViz2.
[atcroft]MidLifeXis: GraphViz gallery.
[choroba]I just generate source files with Perl, then run the tools manually or from makefiles. Never tried a module.
[choroba]I wasn't able to set perlio layers correctly for the empty diamond operator here
[choroba]What should I binmode to influence <>?
[Eily]it doesn't seem like you can do it properly
[Eily]since you have to binmode between open and readline
[Eily]and the first call to <> does both at once
[jedikaiti]Your daily shiney!
[Eily]maybe <>; binmode ARGV;seek ARGV 0;
[choroba]Eily: but that wouldn't work if input didn't come from a file
[choroba]yes, binmode ARGV is not possible as the fh is closed
[Eily]indeed, so you'll have to write the whole thing I guess
[tye]That is what open.pm is for, but it has a history of problems
[Eily]@ARGV = '-' unless @ARGV; while (my in = shift @ARGV) { open ARGV, $in; binmode ARGV; <ARGV> }
[choroba]tye I tried it with open, but it was quite similar to the binmode solution.
[Eily]or the three arguments open for <<>>

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[choroba]Eily: Heh. Doesn't really seem newbie friendly, though :)
[Eily]no, but <> is not newbie friendly either, as it may have unwanted side-effects
[choroba]Eily: I was replying to your previous code. I love <<>>
[Eily]Yes I understand, what I meant is sometimes code that is a bit long and weird looking is actually better for newbies than code where stuff happens under the hood
[tye]choroba, you did see the '.pm' (or followed the link)?
[Eily]I like <<>> too, but I still avoid it because I often need to stay compatible with v5.14 perl
[Eily]tye: I stopped at "it has a history of problems", I should have clicked though, it is an iterresting pragma !
[GotToBTru]what would be the use case for <<>>?
[tye]better question would be what is the non-contrived use case for <> over <<>>
[choroba]tye: Yes.
[GotToBTru]I know the former. I am what circumstance made somebody think we needed the latter
[GotToBTru]s/what/wondering what/
[choroba]I just wasn't able to make it work
[choroba]use open OUT, ':raw :crlf :encoding(UTF-16LE)', ':std' doesn't seem to change the line endings
[choroba]Putting :crlf at the end doesn't change anything
[GotToBTru]ah okay .. i was able to find a discussion of the double diamond and its use case
[GotToBTru]I had heard the 3 argument open was "safer" but never knew what the danger was in the first place
[tye]I thought you wanted to apply binmode to <>, which is input, not "OUT"
[choroba]tye You need to apply different binmodes to both input and output
[jeffa]what choroba is saying is that input and output are two different things
[tye]So, you don't need to use open.pm (pragma) to binmode output (unless you are doing -i / $INPLACE_EDIT, which was not mentioned). Does this mean that it worked for you for <> ?