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BerkeleyDB and config files



I'd like to suggest a change to the way Fedora Core does some things.
I'm not talking about "standard" linux config files like /etc/passwd or / etc/group or /etc/fstab (though the latter would be nice) - I'm talking about Fedora (and RH I suppose since Fedora has become a RH test bed) specific configuration files, such as /etc/security/console.perms and / etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-[iface] type stuff.


Rather than store them in flat files, which have different configuration parameters depending upon the file etc., use (maybe optionally) BerkeleyDB.

bdb is already needed for the rpm database, so a Fedora system will have bdb installed.

Both Python and Perl (as well as many other languages) already have good bdb interfaces, and both Python and Perl also have gtk+ bindings too.

If an embedded database was available for storing the configuration information, it would be simpler for packagers to script additions to those files, if necessary - IE the rpm for TiLP (software for talking to a Ti graphing calculator) could easily add (if needed) a <ticalc> class to console.perms with the necessary device node entries, and then add the needed permission definitions for the device class.

It also would allow gui administration for some configuration nodes for which there is not a gui. Kind of like how I can change some things in gnome using gconf-editor for which there isn't an existing control panel ready made for the task.

It also would make it easier for network administrators who set up box after box with needs to customize some of the default configurations to do so - after the install, a single documented script makes the needed entries/changes to the database and it's done.


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