Top things to see in first ALFS

Jeremy Huntwork jhuntwork at
Tue Feb 1 10:27:21 PST 2005

Gerard Beekmans wrote:
> I personally was more thinking along the lines of a system has an "alfs"
> process running in the background that isn't doing anything.
> Then you connect to that daemon with an alfs client and tell it to do
> something such as run a profile (or a subsection thereof).
> For instance, you can have ten machines running alfs-server in the
> background idling and doing nothing. Then on your main machine where you
> store your profiles you would run one alfs-client command and tell it to
> run chapter 6's gcc.xml profile. The client is told which machines to
> connect to and issue the build command. In this case one command like
> "alfs-client -a chapter06/gcc.xml" would connect to all known systems
> and run profile. One command and now you have ten systems automatically
> upgraded to the latest GCC. The client would keep track of the ten
> server's progresses and tell you when they are done or encountered an
> error, etc.

Thanks for the real-world scenario. This agrees with what I thought we 
had discussed earlier, but I didn't have a clear practical picture of 
how it might be used.  This is great. ;)

Jeremy H.

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