Steve Langasek <email@example.com> writes: > On Wed, Nov 28, 2007 at 12:34:47PM +0100, Pierre Habouzit wrote: >>  the reasoning is: this is clear to me that through update-inetd >> that is the debian way to enable inet-like services, something >> that claims to be an inet-superserver must react on update-inetd >> triggered changes. update-inetd atm only acts on /etc/inetd.conf, >> so as a consequences I believe it's necessary for an >> inet-superserver provider to grok /etc/inetd.conf. > > This is at odds with many years of discussion on this mailing list, where > the consensus was that xinetd should have its own update-inetd that supports > the xinetd config format natively. The main problem (as I see it) is that the current update-inetd is too complex, and can't migrate configurations between different inetd config file formats. And every maintainer script has to call update-inetd to make it write package-specific information, which is fragile; it only gets done when you install the package, and if you screw up inetd.conf, too bad. Why don't we take a leaf out of how other packages manage things and do this: - create a /etc/inetd.d directory - each package providing an inetd service can contain a /etc/inetd.d/package file containing all the information about the service; it could be a superset of the information xinetd and all the other inet daemons require, and have a parameter to enable/disable the service. This should be a conffile. - update-inetd takes no arguments, it just reads all the files in /etc/inetd.d/ and then writes out an inetd.conf, or xinetd configs, whatever the daemon requires. This has the big advantage of - allowing the user-customisable bits to be in conffiles for preservation across upgrades - makes the whole thing much simpler, maintainable and extensible - each inetd can provide a *trivial* update-inetd to read through the config files There will be a complication about preserving /existing/ configurations, but it shouldn't be difficult to handle this as a one-time task on initial upgrade, especially considering that the number of inetd-using packages is reasonably small. IIRC I did mention something along these lines for consideration post-etch last year or so, but I've been busy in the meantime. However, such a migration should be doable for Lenny; it would just need coordination to update all packages using update-inetd. Regards, Roger -- .''`. Roger Leigh : :' : Debian GNU/Linux http://people.debian.org/~rleigh/ `. `' Printing on GNU/Linux? http://gutenprint.sourceforge.net/ `- GPG Public Key: 0x25BFB848 Please GPG sign your mail.
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