initialize_all_connections would be more descriptive, although somewhat verbose...
helped someone troubleshoot his app today where he was calling auto() for each request, resulting in a ton of connection overhead :)
BTW, good to see activity on a PHP client, Cassandra needs a standard there like Hector is for Java. Thanks for working on this.
thanks for the feedback - fair call and I'll deprecate it out in the next release for something more reasonable. Hope the support request didn't cause too many headaches, it was a poor implementation on my behalf with sockets not timing out (related to https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/THRIFT-347 i think), but look to have a workaround in place.
thanks, and cheers for your work on Cassandra - its spawned a fun ecosystem.