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Re: RFC: New aolserver package available in my staging area

On Wed, Jan 21, 2004 at 03:39:09PM +0100, Francesco P. Lovergine wrote:
> Hi DDs and all who have been and yet are interested in the status of AOLServer
> for Debian. That long awaited package (pre4.1) is available at 
> 	deb-src http://people.debian.org/~frankie/debian/sid/experimental/aolserver/ ./
> 	deb http://people.debian.org/~frankie/debian/sid/experimental/aolserver/ ./
> This work is essentially based on my previuos 3.5.6 version. 
> All of you are invited to install and contribute to debugging ASAP.

Just an update for all of you.

Finally a (NEW) package aolserver4 is now in incoming queue on ftp-master
and available in my rep. Please, provide feedback as soon as possible.
I will upload other modules ASAP, but basically all those who needs
to create an aolserver module will now need to be compatible with
the new package. 

Comments are welcome also for the new configuration file 


where I added well- or I hope so -commented ssl, map, and ADP sections.

> Now, what? My main idea is simply to remove/modify all init script management and
> configuration craps used since the Brent's days (aolsrvconfig & C). 
> I already find in the  past (working on other servers like proftpd) that 
> the idea of managing by debconf+scripting this kind of programs is simply bad. 
> Their configurations (and syntaxes) are simply too complicated to be managed 
> automatically and ensure smooth upgrades too, with the needed flexibility.
> So, the sid version will install only a default file (with proper
> parameters) and will use ucf to allow proper human-managed merging 
> of local modifications. Example configurations and installation notes 
> are also welcome. AOLServer is seriuosly under-documented, currently.
> Someone asked if aolserver4 will be a new package. I simply do not see
> any reason to do that. Is there someone who can show me proof of
> evidence to maintain two different trees in Debian? We did not do that
> in the past.

All that is done with the new package. The old aolsever will survive in
(minimal) maintainance mode, until removed from the archive in a (far?)
future. There are yet some debconf queries (due to the cited
bug in pre-binding privileged ports, essentially) but now 
the maintainer scripts are more 'debianish' and clean as I like.

So, here we go...

Francesco P. Lovergine

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