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Re: RFS: confget -- read variables from INI-style configuration files

On Wednesday 18 March 2009 11:43:40 Peter Pentchev wrote:
> Dear mentors,

Hello Peter,

> I am looking for a sponsor for my package "confget".
> * Package name    : confget
>   Version         : 1.01-1
>   Upstream Author : Peter Pentchev <roam@ringlet.net> (myself)
> * URL             : http://devel.ringlet.net/textproc/confget/
> * License         : Two-clause BSD
>   Section         : text
> It builds these binary packages:
> confget    - read variables from INI-style configuration files
> The package has been lintian- and pbuilder-tested.
> The upload would fix these bugs: 502543 (ITP)
> The package can be found on mentors.debian.net:
> dget -x
> http://mentors.debian.net/debian/pool/main/c/confget/confget_1.01-1.dsc
> Here is the long description of the package:
>  The confget utility examines a INI-style configuration file and retrieves
>  the value of the specified variables from the specified section.
>  Its intended use is to let shell scripts use the same INI-style
>  configuration files as other programs, to avoid duplication of data.
>  The confget utility may retrieve the values of one or more variables,
>  list all the variables in a specified section, list only those whose names
>  or values match a specified pattern (shell glob or regular expression), or
>  check if a variable is present in the file at all.  It has a
> "shell-quoting" output mode that quotes the variable values in a way
> suitable for passing them directly to a Bourne-style shell.

It took me some time to assimilate the hardening notes at wiki.d.o [1], I'm 
remotely familiar with, though this document is informative enough about 
potential build and run-time failures on different architectures wrt 
compiler/linker hardening options. Anyway, buildd logs and buglogs should be 
monitored closely, and in case of troublesome behaviour we should disable 
features via DEB_BUILD_HARDENING_[feature]=0.
The question is: is it worth the effort? Let's say, I'm fine either way ;-)

A couple of minor points: confget(1) manpage references to a non-existing 
Config::IniFiles(3) which potentially should describe the syntax of ini 
configuration files if I'm not mistaken? It would be even better to include 
some short configuration files samples/examples in the binary package itself. 
Your own t{1|2}.ini should suffice.

Otherwise, the package looks useful and the source code very clean and sound. 
Let me know what you think about the above points, and I'll sponsor.

[1] http://wiki.debian.org/Hardening

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