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Re: conf repository?

From: Mark . Burgess
Subject: Re: conf repository?
Date: Sun, 29 Jul 2001 22:36:39 +0200 (MET DST)

Call it rather cfengine 2. I am planning some things to make this
easier. Also see some of the papers at LISA this year...


On 29 Jul, Andrews, Martin wrote:
> Mark,
> I have been wondering about ways to piece together modules too. Beyond a set
> of rules I think a preprocessor could really help here - it could provide a
> standard notation to pass information back and forth and could add prefixes
> to classes and macros internal to the modules to avoid naming collisions.
> Call it cfengine++. Does that make sense to anyone else? I am still totally
> in the brainstorming phase.
> Martin Andrews
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mark R. Lindsey []
> Sent: Wednesday, July 18, 2001 8:33 AM
> To: David Fogarty
> Cc:
> Subject: Re: conf repository?
> On Tue, 17 Jul 2001, David Fogarty wrote:
>> Is there a repository of conf files tuned for each service?  It'd be nice
>> to be able to grab a cf.OpenSSH, cf.ncftpd, etc. from somewhere.  I'm sure
>> there's tons of duplicate conf files out there.  I know I'd be willing to
>> share.
> I'm not so sure that they're all duplicates -- our configuration framework
> here, called "confucius", is built on cfengine, and provides a set of
> hooks for phases of the configuration of each element. E.g., our
> "shellcommands:configure_services.SshServer" commands enable the 
> ssh server on the local machine for SshServer members, and 
> "shellcommands:configure_services.!SshServer" disables it for machines
> that are not ssh servers.
> Further, I haven't found a way to communicate between modules, so we have
> local standard macro names. Similarly, the macro pair
> $(internal_network_number) and $(internal_nework_netmask) defines the
> network which is allowed to ssh in to this machine. (The SshServer module
> configures IP filtering.)
> I think you're asking for a good thing, but we'd also need to work out
> some rules by which these configuration files can play in order to make it
> useful. 


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