The end of the multiarch era?
Posted Jul 13, 2006 10:15 UTC (Thu) by brwk
In reply to: The end of the multiarch era?
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While I understand Seth's angst at the negative comments against yum, I think it's one of those difficult situations where the software author has gone a good job and it is the software distribution's defaults that causes a problem in specific cases.
In our environment we have a locally grown RPM (which works on RHEL, SuSE and FC), that tweeks litterally dozens of config files to change all manner of things from /etc/yum.conf, /etc/nsswitch.conf, /etc/yum.repos.d, /etc/X11/gdm.conf and so on. However, this has been grown over the last fifteen years by a team that has over a hundred man years experience in managing Unix/Linux systems. It seems to me that there needs to be a mid-point between the "one size fits all" of a distribution default and the "ultra-tailored" environment that experienced sysadmins can create. Maybe a number of "system profiles" that can be selected: "low intervention" (ie cleans up as much as possible), "well resourced" (ie caches can be kept around, etc) and "paranoid" (ie keeps everything for rollback, etc).
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