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Re: DpkgV2 specs - use ACAP, if it is not overkill

On debian-devel-announce, Wichert Akkerman <wichert@soil.nl> wrote:
> 2.4. Configuration Management
> -----------------------------
>      Yes, DPKGv2 hopes to incorporate internal configuration functions.
>      This coincides with the debian-admintool effort. Since packages and
>      configuration are so closely tied together, the merger will benefit
>      both sides. Configuration management will be developed in the core
>      library to be used in conjunction with the other functionality and
>      should prove an integral part of future advances in packaging by
>      allowing for non-interactive installs, centralized repositories for
>      data, network administration and more.
>      Several key things will be involved in the config functions. First, it
>      will handle all of the persistent data storage for the package system
>      (db modules). Data storage will be configurable with modules (ie, db2,
>      plain, LDAP...). It will also evolve into a network management
>      interface, which could allow for remote frontend interfaces.

Use ACAP -- Application Configuration Access Protocol. It is documented in RFC

Here is a taster:


   The Application Configuration Access Protocol (ACAP) is designed to
   support remote storage and access of program option, configuration
   and preference information.  The data store model is designed to
   allow a client relatively simple access to interesting data, to allow
   new information to be easily added without server re-configuration,
   and to promote the use of both standardized data and custom or
   proprietary data.  Key features include "inheritance" which can be
   used to manage default values for configuration settings and access
   control lists which allow interesting personal information to be
   shared and group information to be restricted.

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