[RFC] Rewriting sade(8)

Svein Skogen (Listmail Account) svein-listmail at stillbilde.net
Thu Apr 8 10:19:30 UTC 2010

On 08.04.2010 11:05, Dag-Erling Smørgrav wrote:
> 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.

Wouldn't a setup similar to fetch/libfetch do the trick here? Move most
of the actual "working payload" of sade into a library, and make sade
just a frontend for this? That way poking the sysinstall code to use
sade should be easier, and updates will automagically fix both things?


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