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4. Automation > Don’t Shave Yaks

Don’t Shave Yaks

Finally, don’t allow your automation side project to turn into yak shaving. Yak shaving is part of the official jargon file for computer science. It describes this scenario:

  1. You want to generate documentation based on your Subversion logs.

  2. You try to add a Subversion hook only to discover that the Subversion library you have is incompatible and therefore won’t work with your web server.

  3. You start to update your web server, but realize that the version you need isn’t supported by the patch level of your operating system, so you start to update your operating system.

  4. The operating system upgrade has a known issue with the disk array the machine uses for backups.


  

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