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Preventing Wheel Reinvention: The psgconf System Configuration Framework

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Preventing Wheel Reinvention: The psgconf System Configuration Framework
Most existing Unix system configuration tools are designed monolithically. Each tool stores configuration data in its own way, has its own mechanism for enforcing policy, has a fixed repertoire of actions that can be performed to modify the system, and provides a specific strategy for configuration management. As a result, most tools are useful only in environments that very closely match the environment for which the tool was designed. This inflexibility results in a great deal of duplication of effort in the system administration community. In this paper, I present a new architecture for system configuration tools using a modular design. I explain how this architecture allows a single tool to use different strategies for configuration management, enforce different ideas of policy, and prevent duplication of effort. I also describe the implementation of this architecture at my site and identify some areas for future research.
Mark D. Roth
Added 31 Oct 2010
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Type Conference
Year 2003
Where LISA
Authors Mark D. Roth
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