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Re: InstantMirror-0.2 Release

Perhaps if httpd were re-tooled to setup virtual hosts in that manner?
or should I have put my virtual hosts in the conf.d directory? I just
seemed cleaner to separate sites from what seemed like modular configs..

Anyway the point of this rambling is if we had something like that,
system that use httpd/apache could add a virtual host config to
httpd/virtual.d/ and not step on each others toes.

Nathanael D. Noblet

If it was expected that InstantMirror was to be very popular, or there was a large number of other packages that would make use of <VirtualHost> directives, it might make sense to modify the default apache configuration to be more "virtual host friendly." As it stands, I think some prudent suggestions in the provided InstantMirror.conf file ( and perhaps renaming it ) is the best plan.

"Persoanl File Sharing" aka gnome-user-share would be the only other "popular" package that might benefit from a "virtual host friendly" apache, but it spawns apache from a completely separate configuration, so it shouldn't be considered here. However I might not be aware of other packages in "Everything" that _should_ be considered.

Anyway, I was able to test my suggestions on two different servers with two different sets of configuration files in conf.d, and my recommendations seem to work well in both cases. I guess that means this package is thoroughly tested ;)

If I could make one other suggestion about InstantMirror, it would be to include a sample.repo file in /usr/share/doc/InstantMirror-x/ or throw it into /etc/yum.repos.d/ with enabled=0.

Experienced admins should really know this config file stuff, but I run into a lot of generally competent computer people that are new to Linux and need a bit a of hand-holding -- hand-holding such as well commented sample configuration files. Sensible defaults, right ?

BTW, InstantMirror is much simpler, lighter weight and easier to use than WSUS. Although WSUS has other abilities, InstantMirror has a good 50% of the functionality of WSUS. This package may seem innocuous, if you mentioned WSUS in the same breath as InstantMirror, it might warrant a mention as a feature, at least targeted at some new-to-Linux admins.

Charles Dostale

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