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Re: new documents

Le Mon, Mar 22, 1999 at 11:35:19AM -0600, Jens B. Jorgensen écrivait:
> 1) Decentralize control. I dislike the idea of having a central control file.
> This file would have to be owned and writable only by root. This makes adding
> software difficult/impossible for users without root access.
> Instead, use a CONFIG_PATH variable which would have a list of URLs. Define
> modules for each type (file:, http:, ldap:) and allow an interface (like PAM

Why not override the location of the config file with a environment 
variable ? The libs could look for /etc/configuration, ~/.configuration
and setting the environment variable would allow one to override the
location of the file.

> 2) Reduce cost of ownership. I can see the value to the debian distribution of
> all the complicated machinery to make it easier for package maintenance, eg. a
> link back to the package for each variable, the IsDefault flag, variable meta
> data, etc. These things are excellent ideas and would prove invaluable to
> debian developers. However, I would hope that this configuration system would
> become widespread and adopted by all linux software and distributions.
> To implement all the debian package related things a special debian hierarchy.
> I don't believe the power of the system would be decreased by this approach
> and this would keep the system easily accessible to all developers.

They would be useful for everyone, not only for Debian. I don't see the
need of taking it away...

The metadata could be implemented in a neutral way so that nothing would be
Debian specific.

> Lastly, I wholeheartedly advocate the construction of a mailing list. I really
> hope that we can develop this system with a lower-level which will not be
> debian-specific and will make no assumptions about or uses of artifacts of a
> debian system. That we we can get everyone on board. I offer a machine (a Red
> Hat box, alas) with fast full-time connectivity and my own time to administer
> a list if it isn't set up on lists.debian.org.

We can coordinate this effort here, it's up for such things. The list is
open to the world.

Raphaël Hertzog >> 0C4CABF1 >> http://prope.insa-lyon.fr/~rhertzog/

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