On Sat, Feb 06, 1999 at 08:06:22AM +1100, Craig Sanders wrote: > > One note though -- I'm probably going to be a little bit reticent over > > adding things like completely automated httpd.conf generation. First, > > because that's really apache (and netgod's) business, not netbase's, > i don't think that the apache httpd.conf generation should go in > netbase. Cool. :) > however, the config file used to do all the ifconfigs should > have extra information for other virtual-host services like http and > ftp. I dunno. I think an entirely different conffile would be more suitable here. In particular, /etc/interfaces needs to specify an address, and an interface. It might make use of other things too, but they're not *desperately* necessary. For virtual hosts, the interface isn't at all important, and the hostname is really more relevant than the IP address (in particular for virtual web hosting). So an /etc/virtualhosts or something file could include such things as preferred port number, canonical name (if the web browser doesn't support http/1.1, eg), hostname/ip address (ip address for ftp and mail servers and kin), and a list of capabilities and options of some sort. I'm not completely against having this stuff in /etc/interfaces (or a different filename), but I have a feeling that splitting them would be better. > i'm not even sure if httpd.conf generation for vhosts belongs in the > apache package. i'm thinking of a 'virtual-services' package which > contains a set of scripts which sysadmins can pick and choose from to > automate common tasks. This sounds like the right way to do it to me, too, fwiw. (and in this context, the script you posted looks good, too, at least after a cursory glance) > > and second because I don't want to make a system that while it makes > > the normal jobs trivial (eg, setting up a virtual host), makes > > the harder jobs (eg, setting up a virtual host with foo extra, > > non-standard settings) even worse (eg, by making you add your changes > > to httpd.conf every time you upgrade netbase or some such). > ensuring that auto-configurator tools work WITHOUT sacrificing a system > admin's flexibility is one of my bugbears. I refuse to use junk which > does that kind of thing, and i'd be ashamed to write anything that > committed the same crime myself. _Great_. :) I'm not really sure why I had any fears that it might be otherwise around here, actually. Sorry for the imputation. Cheers, aj -- Anthony Towns <email@example.com> <http://azure.humbug.org.au/~aj/> I don't speak for anyone save myself. PGP encrypted mail preferred. ``Like the ski resort of girls looking for husbands and husbands looking for girls, the situation is not as symmetrical as it might seem.''
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