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[Savannah-hackers] submission of Softainator, a tool to ease software ma
[Savannah-hackers] submission of Softainator, a tool to ease software maintenance - savannah.nongnu.org
Thu, 16 Sep 2004 09:18:55 -0400
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Stéphane Gourichon <address@hidden> described the package as follows:
Package: Softainator, a tool to ease software maintenance
System name: softainator
Softainator is a small tool that makes life easier for GNU/Linux (and maybe
other) systems user and administrator.
The main idea is that users declare the software they need once and for all in
their homedir (they can update the list whenever they want, of course) and the
system will ensure that all needed software will be available to users,
filtered by some security checks (e.g. kernel packages are disallowed, the
admin may disallow packages that install some servers like apache, etc...).
The primary targets are Linux distributions that rely on apt-get or urpmi, that
is Debian Linux, Mandrakelinux, Red Hat Linux.
This is useful:
-for sites with numerous machines, as an alternative to network-mounted /usr to
ensure that all software is available.
-for quick recovery : install a vanilla system and Maintanator, mount user
dirs, and all the necessary software will come back quickly.
-for users that work on many sites : they only have to declare in electronic
form that they like, say, emacs and icewm and a dozen other, then propagate
this description to any other place they work (even if the local admin doesn't
use maintainator he can still read the description and install by hand, until
he's convinced :-).
You can think of Softainator as a
"SOFTware mAINtenance administrATOR" (or terminATOR if you like the idea of
never have to care about software maintenance again :-).
The code, written in Python by Vincent Cuzin, from an idea by Stéphane
Gourichon, has been in production at the AnimatLab, Computer Science Lab of the
University of Paris 6 for about two years, serving a dozen of machines that
have had hard disk problem and system re-install without a pain. Thanks to
Softainator, all users have become confident to find the software they need on
any workstation of the pool at any time.
The code currently handles advanced cases, like propagating the declared needs
between desktop computers always connected and roaming laptops.
It is now in the process of cleaning up and packaging to be distributable to
other teams in the lab and to the outside world.
The first versions will be soon posted on savannah.
Other Software Required:
python, urpmi, rpm, bash (okay, bash is always available :-).
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