[OH-Dev] Giving the "tar" mission more of a plot
asheesh at asheesh.org
Mon Jan 2 17:49:17 UTC 2012
https://openhatch.org/bugs/issue637 points out that the tar mission is
without a plot.
The learning objective of the tar mission that people gain familiarity
with the 'tar' tool and its basic use in extracting and creating archives.
The activity of the mission is downloading file(s) and passing them
We assess the user by checking the files, as processed by tar and uploaded
to the user.
I propose that the tar mission tell you:
"You have been nominated release manager for the project called
helloproject. The other developers have created a tarball that contains
the first version of the project! Your job is to take their tarball, fix
it up to comply with standard naming conventions, and then upload it
(Rationale: All the good "plots" we have so far have some social element
to them. For Git and Subversion, it's easy to imagine social use cases.
For tar, this is the best I could come up with.)
The tar file will have just one problem: the wrapper directory will be
called "helloproject" and it should be called "helloproject-0.1", so we
will ask you to rename it.
Upside: This means that we'll simplify the mission a little bit -- you'll
just download one tarball at the start. You'll extract it, and then work
with the contents, rename the wrapper directory, then re-upload it.
Downside: It makes the mission more strictly linear -- you will have to do
the extraction part before you do the creation part.
If anyone has any thoughts on if you do/don't like this, say so on this
thread. I'll wait a few days before submitting patches for these
changes to the training mission.
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