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Re: how to install a tool into GNUSTEP_*_ADMIN_TOOLS

From: Sebastian Reitenbach
Subject: Re: how to install a tool into GNUSTEP_*_ADMIN_TOOLS
Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2007 12:54:25 +0100

Richard Frith-Macdonald <address@hidden> wrote: 
> On 29 Dec 2007, at 11:06, Nicola Pero wrote:
> >
> >>> I guess because gnustep has never used a separate 'Admin' area for
> >>> anything.
> >>> I don't think we have a policy on what gnustep tools (if any) should
> >>> go in the admin area.
> >>
> >> ah, ok. I just thought the gdomap binary would be installed into  
> >> an admin
> >> directory as the gdomap manual page is installed in section 8.
> >> However, thats not a problem for me, I only wanted to get my tools  
> >> installed
> >> in such a directory.
> >
> > From the gnustep-make documentation --
> >
> > "The @file{Admin Tools} location contains tools and executable scripts
> > that are only useful to the system administrator.  A normal user
> > wouldn't have enough privileges to use these applications in a useful
> > way."
> >
> > So, 'Admin Tools' should contain the equivalent of Unix tools that  
> > go in /sbin,
> > such as 'adduser' or similar tools that are specific to system  
> > administration.
> >
> > We don't have many of such tools in gnustep, which is why it's  
> > never been
> > used.
> >
> > To me it looks like 'gdomap' should go in tools, where it is  
> > now ... So
> > maybe it's the gdomap manpages that are being installed in the  
> > wrong place ?
> Well gdomap is perhaps the only tool which would ideally be used by  
> the sysadmin ...
> It needs to be run by root (or with the s-bit set to run as root) so  
> that it can listen on the standard privileged port (so apps talking  
> to it know they can trust it).
> There should only be one copy running on the system, shared by all  
> users of the system.
> It should ideally be started at system boot time.
> So putting it in sbin seems reasonable ... the other daemons are user- 
> specific, buyt gdomap seems to be a special case.
> Perhaps we should change the location of gdomap but nothing else?   
> I'm happy to leave things as they are or change them (a couple of  
> lines), whatever people want.
maybe deciding on a policy first, and then either moving the manual page in 
an other section or the binary to the admin location.
as said, I could live with either way, but in my eyes gdomap should go into 
an admin area.


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