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274 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">GLEP:</th><td class="field-body">15</td>
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276 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Title:</th><td class="field-body">Gentoo Script Repository</td>
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278 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Version:</th><td class="field-body">1.4</td>
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282 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Author:</th><td class="field-body">James Harlow &lt;hythloday&#32;&#97;t&#32;gentoo.org&gt;,</td>
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290 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Created:</th><td class="field-body">30 Sep 2003</td>
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300 <li><a class="reference" href="#abstract" id="id2" name="id2">Abstract</a></li>
301 <li><a class="reference" href="#status-update" id="id3" name="id3">Status Update</a></li>
302 <li><a class="reference" href="#motivation" id="id4" name="id4">Motivation</a></li>
303 <li><a class="reference" href="#specification" id="id5" name="id5">Specification</a></li>
304 <li><a class="reference" href="#rationale" id="id6" name="id6">Rationale</a></li>
305 <li><a class="reference" href="#backwards-compatibility" id="id7" name="id7">Backwards Compatibility</a></li>
306 <li><a class="reference" href="#copyright" id="id8" name="id8">Copyright</a></li>
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309 <div class="section">
310 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id2" id="abstract" name="abstract">Abstract</a></h1>
311 <p>There is currently no central repository for scripts that are useful
312 in administering a Gentoo system. This GLEP proposes a way to deal
313 with this issue.</p>
314 </div>
315 <div class="section">
316 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id3" id="status-update" name="status-update">Status Update</a></h1>
317 <p>Expect the first alpha release by the end of November or so.</p>
318 </div>
319 <div class="section">
320 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id4" id="motivation" name="motivation">Motivation</a></h1>
321 <p>There are many small tasks on a Gentoo system that can be made much
322 easier and fault-proof by scripting. However, not everyone has the
323 experience to write such scripts; those that do have the choice of
324 tracking down scripts on developer's webpages or with a search engine,
325 or writing them themselves, often duplicating effort that has been
326 already done by other people.</p>
327 <p>A better solution would be to have a repository of these scripts on
328 www.gentoo.org.</p>
329 </div>
330 <div class="section">
331 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id5" id="specification" name="specification">Specification</a></h1>
332 <p>A <a class="reference" href="mailto:scripts&#64;gentoo.org">scripts&#64;gentoo.org</a> email alias would be setup and forwarded to the team that
333 will accept and publish these scripts to the website. The team will need
334 access to a portion of the website, but just enough to add the scripts, and
335 update links from the main &quot;scripts&quot; page. I would propose it be a
336 subproject of the tools or base top level project. The scripts team would
337 need commit access to gentoo/xml/htdocs/proj/en/[base|tools]/scripts/.It
338 shouldn't increase the load on gentoo.org significantly.</p>
339 <p>The scripts should be divided by type of task, for example sysadmin,
340 gentooadmin, misc, and internally well-commented. If there are enough then
341 it might be appropriate to have a search interface.</p>
342 </div>
343 <div class="section">
344 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id6" id="rationale" name="rationale">Rationale</a></h1>
345 <p>A repository on gentoo.org would address the problem of not having a
346 central point where all the scripts reside; and as gentoo.org is
347 trusted by most gentoo users, it would also solve the problem of
348 running scripts without knowing their exact effect. Further trust
349 could be generated by having developers sign their scripts and
350 uploading the signatures in parallel.</p>
351 <p>Periodically, a snapshot could be taken of the repository, the scripts
352 QA'd, and a package made and distributed.</p>
353 <p>Having a well-publicised script repository would also ease major
354 changes to the distribution, and could be a first line of defence to
355 provide workarounds for security problems in packages.</p>
356 </div>
357 <div class="section">
358 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id7" id="backwards-compatibility" name="backwards-compatibility">Backwards Compatibility</a></h1>
359 <p>Not a problem for this GLEP.</p>
360 </div>
361 <div class="section">
362 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id8" id="copyright" name="copyright">Copyright</a></h1>
363 <p>This document has been placed in the public domain.</p>
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