New design, what is the Goal here?

rl at rl at
Wed Nov 30 02:00:52 PST 2005

On 2005-11-29 21:50:20 +0000, Jeremy Huntwork wrote:
> rl at wrote:
> >AFAIK people have not proposed a particular type of authentication.
> >What has been proposed is that this authentication is built into alfs, 
> >and that alfs is a client/server system.
> >
> >I think this adds a huge amount of pointless complexity. Imagine that 
> >three of the 90 machines you want to update are turned off. An email 
> >based system would use e-mails built-in store and foreward abilities. 
> >An http/cron solution would also let those machines catch up in their 
> >own time.
> lol. I'm sorry. These solutions you're suggesting don't add pointless 
> complexity?

For small scale use, yes my proposal is pointless complexity.
My point is, it is not built into the install tool, so people who 
do not need it do not need to make the slightest effort to deal with 

> The point is there are *many* different methods that you 
> *could* conceivably use now to control several automated builds at once 
> using a host of tools that you must first install and configure and sort 
> on each machine.
One binary distro for the lowest common denominator can be installed 
on every machine, and a custom system for each can be bootstrapped  
automatically from that.

> What we want is all this ability tied up nicely in one package that's 
> *designed* to automate our builds and manage several machines. We're 
> designing the system from scratch, but that doesn't mean that every 
> piece of the puzzle has to be our code. We can use security libraries 
> that already exist.
Learn from people who have done this already:

This is one debian based. It does the bulk of its work in a full linux 
environment so it does not have to work with the limits that the debian 
installer deals with. 

Debian installer grew up when computers could not boot from CD, so its 
environment was the size of a floppy. FAI started with the assumption 
that it had a modern server to provide its environment. FAI uses 
standard tools to do the bulk of its work. Those two factors let the 
author achieve his goals quickly, in a way that others would 
understand, and the process of doing it teaches the people how existing 
tools can be applied in new ways.

> Besides, you're taking all of the fun out of it. ;P 

I agree. It's your time  - spend it how you please.


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