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Re: Why Elektra is the wrong approach (Was Re: The Strengths and Weakness of Fedora/RHEL OS management)

On Tue, 4 Apr 2006, David Zeuthen wrote:

On Tue, 2006-04-04 at 12:48 -0300, Avi Alkalay wrote:
On the other hand, if these softwares are elektrified, you can point
their configurations to be read from the network, just switching the
key database backend. This is transparent to the application.

But Elektra is just not good enough for this. You really really want to
change the upstream software to *know* about the fact that it's reading
configuration from a central repository. Said central repository will
contain information that the a node can process in order to configure
itself as part of the cluster. Hence, part of the configuration needs to
contain the site-wide bits. This is important. Do you disagree?

Can you give an example of when one would want to make an application aware that it is "reading configuration from a central repository?". In most of the cases I can think the applications care not where it gets the data as long as it gets it. In the cases where it does need to know it is a central store, if you are going to have to make the application aware of that anyways why not just tag those keys that should/need be centralized as such, you could even have a sub-hierarchy under elektra for all of these keys i.e. /system/sw/someapp/netcfg/keys


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