[RFC] Rewriting sade(8)

Dag-Erling Smørgrav des at des.no
Thu Apr 8 09:05:36 UTC 2010

Alexander Leidinger <Alexander at Leidinger.net> writes:
> Please consider using SVN instead. A lot more users will be able to
> check out from there.

We don't grant non-committers access to the Subversion repo.

> It looks like other people had a look at sysinstall, not at sade. As
> sysinstall is supposed to be used at installation time, and the intent
> for sade was to offer the functionality (or more) of the part of
> sysinstall which is useful after installation (and to prevent admins
> from using sysinstall after the installation to prevent some unwanted
> foot-shooting), I do not think that we need to think about a strong
> lock between sysinstall and sade.

Yes we do.  Otherwise we'll just end up back where we are today, where
if you want anything more complicated than a single-disk install you
have to drop into the fixit shell and do it manually before running the
installation procedure.  Anythig that sade can do, we want sysinstall to
do as well, and we don't want to implement everything twice.

My suggestion is to add a "sysinstall mode" to sade where it operates
under certain (minor) constraints and reports what it did in a format
that sysinstall can parse, so sysinstall can just fork-exec sade instead
of duplicating the code.

Dag-Erling Smørgrav - des at des.no

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