webmin, zentyal, conf file policy, etc

Tyler J. Wagner tyler at tolaris.com
Wed Oct 3 13:22:26 UTC 2012

On 2012-10-03 14:05, Scott Kitterman wrote:
> It's not a question of fair or not fair.  The policy is what it is for good 
> reasons.  It does not say that external packages are not allowed to change 
> configuration, but that they have to do so via a program provided by the 
> package.  This gives a defined interface and reduces the risk of incorrect 
> changes.  I think this makes a lot of sense.

I agree, but the problem is that most programs don't have this. If you are
lucky, a program supports "change the configuration files and SIGHUP the
daemon". Why doesn't Debian policy require them have this interface? In the
absence of that requirement, the onus is on the webmin team to do their
work for them.


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