Re: Packaging Harvest cached
Martin Schulze writes ("Re: Packaging Harvest cached"):
> Good morning Ian!
> }Perhaps you should consider asking Ian M. to allocate a special user
> }or group for you ? It isn't a good idea to give `nobody' any
> }priveliges ...
> This aint no priveliges. Only the stored data is owned by nobody and
> the logfiles, too. That's all. I don't see that this needs a different
Yes, that is extra privilege [sic]. *Lots* of programs use `nobody'
as a generic user that cannot do any damage to any files belonging to
*Nothing* should be owned by or writeable by nobody, unless it's
world-writeable in some appropriate way (eg /tmp).
This applies to logfiles just like anything else.
> }> }Mention it in the postinst.
> }> How?
> }Err, by using `echo', `cat', `print' or whatever ?? I don't
> }understand the question.
> Ah, that's exactely what I wanted to hear. I for myself hate
> installation scripts that produce to much of stupid output. An
> installtion should work without looking at the screen.
If it is important for the user to see the message then you should
have a `hit return to continue' prompt after it. If it isn't then you
shouldn't display it at all.
> I was wondering if dpkg contains a mechanism to store these messages
> and display them later when everything is installed. This seems to be
> not the case, so I don't have to think about.
dpkg does all the configuration of everything after all the
installation, anyway, so you get almost this effect.
(There isn't any logging at the moment though.)
> }> I fear that I have to disable it completely. :((
> }Is there something wrong with that ?
> Wrong with what?
Disabling the internet-connectedness test.
> Upgrade mechanism and the like work best for debian if the machine is
> connected to the internet, but there are also a lot of people where
> the machine isn't connected to the internet, but also want to run a
> HTTP proxy.
Right. So is there any reason why you shouldn't just remove the test ?
What did they put it there for ?
> The only other name could be harvest-cached and that's quite
> long. It's even longer than the field displayed by dpkg:
> pfinlandia!joey(tty5):/tmp> dpkg -l
> | Status=Not/Installed/Config-files/Unpacked/Failed-config/Half-installed
> |/ Err?=(none)/Hold/Reinst-required/X=both-problems (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
> ||/ Name Version Rev Description
> ii cached-i 1.4.pl0 2 Harvest HTTP Proxy
> ii dpkg-i 1.0.8 2 Package maintenance system for Debian GNU/Linux
> harvest-cached 1.4.pl0 2
> If much of you prefer harvest-cached, I will name it that way.
I personally do, but I'm not the final arbiter of things round here,
nor am I a consensus by myself :-).
I'm thinking of doing something to this listing, anyway (probably
making the name and version fields bigger, and/or allowing them to