[Server-devel] xs-activation and OS update info

Martin Langhoff martin.langhoff at gmail.com
Tue Oct 27 14:12:52 EDT 2009

On Sun, Oct 25, 2009 at 7:09 AM, Daniel Drake <dsd at laptop.org> wrote:
> Here's a patch that makes xs-activation server OS update information
> based on what it has available in xs-rsync.

I like it -- thanks! It was in my TO DO notes with the earlier
xs-activation work, and ended up cutting it.

> I did this by creating
> /etc/xs-activation-updates.cfg, a sample configuration file with
> explanation is attached. This is code from oatslite which is deployed
> in paraguay.

Right... makes sense. I am a bit intrigued with the custom config file
parser / writer (that is 3x the sloc of the whole xs-activation ;-) ).

I am guessing the key motivator is that YAML, JSON and other config
formats won't preserve ordering correctly, right?

 - is MyConfigParser used anywhere else?
 - odict is only needed on F9, correct?

What is needed in terms of config parsing is pretty simple -- I
suspect there are a couple of simple ways we could avoid depending on
the ordering of the config file, with less code.


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