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Re: linux registry (no, not that again!)

Someone will eventually have to answer the question of why this is
better than using LDAP, PAM, and/or kerberos. Those are all open
standards and well known by a large population of *nix SAs.

I would go further and say not only will you not see upstream projects
migrating en masse, but in many cases, you will not see them migrating
at all.

Steve Brenneis

On Tue, 2004-07-27 at 18:38, David T Hollis wrote:
> On Tue, 2004-07-27 at 16:56 -0400, Jeff Spaleta wrote:
> > Looking at all the examples on the webpage, id saying making those
> > changes at the distribution level is dangerous and adds tons of
> > maintainership burden. This needs to be advocated upstream if this is
> > going to be useful. At most, the this api can be contrasted with the
> > current sysconfig approach for the distribution specific initscript
> > stuff, but there is no way this is an appropriate approach for general
> > usage (even if its technically better) unless upstream maintainers for
> > projects agree to use it.  Like the webpage says, the trick isnt so
> > much the technology but that people have to agree to use this. If
> > upstream projects don't agree to use it, then then implementing it at
> > the distribution level is going to just add that much more confusion.
> > 
> > 
> This is exactly right.  No distribution is going to patch every
> application to use this 'registry' instead of it's regular config file
> format.  If the changes are made upstream, the distros will inherit this
> and have to deal with it.  I think the there are at least three big
> hurdles that this project faces:
> 1) Registry in the name - too many negative connotations
> 2) Linux in the name - it isn't Linux specific.  *BSD folks wouldn't
> even think it's remotely relevant to them even though the project admits
> that it isn't a Linux specific thing.
> 3) Upstream projects would need to migrate to it - I really can't say
> that I see that happening en masse.
> Nice idea, definitely better than the Windows implementation of the
> registry (but then, what isn't?).  I would be interested to know what
> kind of bog down it would face on a system with a bunch of applications
> and the like and to start having either really large text files to parse
> through for values or a whole bunch of little files that start showing
> certain filesystems dislike of such situations....
> -- 
> David T Hollis <dhollis davehollis com>
Steve Brenneis <sbrenneis surry net>

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