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Bug#399840: Do we want an ssh-server task?

On Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 01:14:52PM +0200, Frans Pop wrote:
> On Wednesday 29 July 2009, Christian Perrier wrote:
> > An interesting proposal that Colin made was to converge towards a task
> > named "Login server" or something similar, that would include
> > openssh-server, along with other packages such as denyhosts (or
> > sshguard), rssh (Restricted shell allowing scp, sftp, cvs, svn, rsync
> > or rdist), molly-guard (protects machines from accidental
> > shutdowns/reboots)...
> Most systems really only want ssh, not any of the rest.

Is this assertion really true? My experience has been that quite a lot
of people actually want something a bit more, even if they don't know
it. openssh-server only Suggests those packages because I'm pretty
conservative about pulling in extra packages, but I know an awful lot of
sysadmins who want sshd for some kind of restricted sftp-only setup, or
who want sshd and want to automatically lock out people who try to
brute-force accounts, or similar. I genuinely think a task for this
would be a good idea.

Of course, we can quote unsupported anecdotes at each other all day. :-)

> Also, I doubt that anybody using D-I would have a clear idea of what 
> a "Login server" task would actually contain, making it bad from a 
> usability PoV.

We should really make tasksel able to display extended descriptions of

Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson@debian.org]

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