Re: Which task package installs gpm?
On Thu, Sep 21, 2000 at 09:49:36AM -0700, Karl M. Hegbloom wrote:
> It would need at least some manual setup; preconfiguration, no matter
> what, right?
Certainly. But kickstart is a 1-to-n process (in other words, your
configuration effort is a fixed value, no matter how many servers you
have, assuming the configuration is identical amongst all the
targets). What you're describing sounds like a decrease in effort,
but that the amount of time spent working on it is proportional to the
amount of servers that you have, and that I don't like.
> It would be neat if all software had a common interface for
> configuration. If it was all consolidated into one database; or a
> distributed database as for the `debconf' proposal... and an "API"
> defined for accessing it. All of the daemons and everything would
> need to be patched to take advantage of it. This would be a Linux
> community wide project, not just a Debian one. Like a `registry' for
> Linux, but improve on Microsoft's design, I suppose.
> Would it work well using LDAP, an SQL server, or would writing its
> own database setup be best?
Microsoft's Registry is just a bunch of key-value pairs that could be
stored in any database type, really. The problem is that some
software is just not amenable to key-value configuration files. Take
rsync in daemon mode, for example (man rsync); or Sendmail; these are
just two examples at my site.
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