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Re: [EXT] Re: [EXT] Re: Medium-term road map

From: Thompson, David
Subject: Re: [EXT] Re: [EXT] Re: Medium-term road map
Date: Thu, 7 May 2020 08:24:01 -0400

On Wed, May 6, 2020 at 3:46 PM Jack Hill <address@hidden> wrote:
> > Long story short: Guix need not worry about this.
> I think we may want to do some work in Guix to support this workflow
> conveniently. That work could include having a secrets management service,
> bootstrapping new hosts for access to the service, or writing system
> services that can be easily configured for different secret management at
> deploy time. It's fun to think about what we could do, but as Ludo’
> suggested elsewhere in the thread, we'll find out by trying to deploy more
> hosts with more complex configurations. I hope to be able to do so soon.

To that end, I think a good starting place would be to research the
available free secrets management applications (my knowledge is a few
years out of date), package it, and write a shepherd service for it.
>From there, we could see what additional integration would be useful
for clients (your other servers being clients of the secrets
management server.)  I don't know if this would actually work, but I
can picture a world where service configuration objects are aware of
secret fields (some new Scheme data type) and will arrange to lazily
generate config files in a just-in-time fashion on the server when
shepherd starts the service.  Sounds like a real fun project, IMO!

Okay, so I take it back: Guix *should* worry about this, but in a very
specific way that is orders of magnitude better than every other
configuration management system out there, just like the rest of Guix.

- Dave

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