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Re: Which task package installs gpm?

On Thu, Sep 21, 2000 at 09:49:36AM -0700, Karl M. Hegbloom wrote:

>  It would need at least some manual setup; preconfiguration, no matter
>  what, right?

Certainly.  But kickstart is a 1-to-n process (in other words, your
configuration effort is a fixed value, no matter how many servers you
have, assuming the configuration is identical amongst all the
targets).  What you're describing sounds like a decrease in effort,
but that the amount of time spent working on it is proportional to the
amount of servers that you have, and that I don't like.

>  It would be neat if all software had a common interface for
>  configuration.  If it was all consolidated into one database; or a
>  distributed database as for the `debconf' proposal...  and an "API"
>  defined for accessing it.  All of the daemons and everything would
>  need to be patched to take advantage of it.  This would be a Linux
>  community wide project, not just a Debian one.  Like a `registry' for
>  Linux, but improve on Microsoft's design, I suppose.
>  Would it work well using LDAP, an SQL server, or would writing its
>  own database setup be best?

Microsoft's Registry is just a bunch of key-value pairs that could be
stored in any database type, really.  The problem is that some
software is just not amenable to key-value configuration files.  Take
rsync in daemon mode, for example (man rsync); or Sendmail; these are
just two examples at my site.

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