[Freedombox-discuss] don't sidestep /etc as configuration storage

Jonas Smedegaard dr at jones.dk
Sun Nov 3 17:54:47 UTC 2013

Quoting Simo (2013-11-03 18:02:56)
> On Sun, 2013-11-03 at 13:38 +0100, Jonas Smedegaard wrote:
> > Quoting Petter Reinholdtsen (2013-11-03 09:49:24)
> > > In addition, we get a central and structured place to store 
> > > configuration for at least some of the services, but that is of 
> > > less importance to me.
> > 
> > It is of *big* importance to me that we do *not* move storage from 
> > /etc to a database: It may seem tempting to use that approach when 
> > needing a setup different from what the corresponding package 
> > maintainer offers, but since we have *no* administrator on our 
> > systems, our setup *must* be supported by package maintainers.
> I am not sure what this means, package maintainers normally call 
> adduser/addgroup or similar, how is that a problem ?

LDAP is a registry.  Slapd supports using its own database to configure 
itself, and some other applications also support storing configuration 
in LDAP as alternative to files below /etc.

Debian packages generally store site-wide configuration as files below 
/etc.  That means the maintainers of packages ensure that configurations 
work and can be smoothly upgraded across releases of those packages.

It is technically possible to avoid coordinating needs for customization 
of configuration with package maintainers, by using another registry 
than files below /etc - e.g. by use of the LDAP registry.

That's bad! Debian packages is all about maintenance.  Sidestepping that 
is sidestepping the reliability of Debian.

 - Jonas

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