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Re: Proposal: A config file for runlevels (DRAFT)



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Winfried Truemper:
> Serious: something difficult to understand is more likely to be messed up
> than a simple scheme. No, I really don't see the "robustness" of links.

With the current scheme: we create or remove one or more
symlinks.  If there is an error, the other links will almost
certainly still work.

With your proposed scheme (as far as I can understand it):
we modify a text file. If there is an error, the likelyhood
that it effects many lines (and therefore, many other "links"
and runlevels) is much greater. The number of ways a file can
have syntax errors is huge.

This is a simple risk analysis. The runlevel information is
critical, and we should avoid taking risks when the benefits
are small. Replacing the directories with symlinks with a text
file does not give enough benefit to be worth the risk. IMHO,
of course.

That doesn't mean we shouldn't work on making it easier to edit
runlevel information. We should. But the tool should change
the links, not modify a text file.

BTW, do you already have a working tool, or should I take a
look at Red Hat? InfoMagic kindly sent me their 6-disk package
again, and I've been meaning to look at RH anyway.

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