customized configuration issue (was: Summary of the workshop on CDDs held in Valencia)
Am Friday 14 May 2004 15:49 schrieb Free Ekanayaka:
> I would just add that cfengine (or ucf or whatever) could be
> used not only to write an external configuration script for packages
> which do not accept a certain patch, but even as a complement to
Has anyone here had success compiling Config4GNU  on debian yet?
> In this view debconf would be used as frontend to ask questions and a
> database to store/retrive answers,
> I don't know whether this approach is correct or not, but currently
> even the simple use of debconf as a database for configuration values
> is not widely accepted.
I think the problem is that debconf stores settings as authoritative outside
of the original config files.
This was of course done to avoid parsing config files, but it lead to this
controversy simply since it introduced a separte, potentially conflicting
config store/registry by design. (That is IMHO of course)
The moment settings outside of the original config files are considered as
authoritative, no matter if by using a "file managed by debconf", cfengine or
other write-only config file generator approach, either those kind of tools
conflict and break other tools and manual modifications, or they have to
refuse working. "File has been modified!" (Who dared to?) "Do you want to
overwrite it, or discard changes/updates?"