A possible direction for nALFS

David Barron David.Barron at sas.com
Mon Dec 1 06:32:58 PST 2003

Concrete design?  Me?  I'm just an idea man.  :)

-----Original Message-----
From: Kevin P. Fleming [mailto:kpfleming at linuxfromscratch.org] 
Sent: Monday, December 01, 2003 9:18 AM
To: ALFS Discussion and Development List
Subject: Re: A possible direction for nALFS

David Barron wrote:

> I was thinking this weekend about where nALFS may want to go.
> Instead of having profiles spread all over the net, perhaps they could be placed on a server that nALFS could query.  The user could then select a particular profile, it would be downloaded and executed to install a particular package.  Also, nALFS could keep a database of packages that it has installed (in xml maybe) and the server could specify which files are associated with that package and delete them as part of the package uninstall.
> Since nALFS already works through xml, perhaps the server could be setup as a web service?
> Any thoughts?

I frequently use nALFS to do builds on systems that are not attached to 
any network at all, so this would be a problem in that regard.

Neven is already working on "uninstall" functionality (parts of it are 
in CVS now) and there will be more work done in the next couple of 
months in that area as well as inter-package dependencies, build order 
restrictions, etc.

I'm not opposed to the idea of having a central repository of profiles 
on someone's server and nALFS having some standardized way of 
referencing those profiles, so if you can put together a concrete design 
and some examples we can certainly consider it.

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