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1 liquidx 1.1 GLEP: 15
2     Title: Gentoo Script Repository
3 g2boojum 1.3 Version: $Revision: 1.2 $
4     Last-Modified: $Date: 2003/10/13 11:00:20 $
5     Author: James Harlow <hythloday@gentoo.org>,
6     Status: Approved
7 liquidx 1.1 Type: Standards Track
8     Content-Type: text/x-rst
9     Created: 30 Sep 2003
10     Post-History: 30-Sep-2003
11    
12    
13     Abstract
14     ========
15    
16     There is currently no central repository for scripts that are useful
17     in administering a Gentoo system. This GLEP proposes a way to deal
18     with this issue.
19    
20     Motivation
21     ==========
22    
23     There are many small tasks on a Gentoo system that can be made much
24     easier and fault-proof by scripting. However, not everyone has the
25     experience to write such scripts; those that do have the choice of
26     tracking down scripts on developer's webpages or with a search engine,
27     or writing them themselves, often duplicating effort that has been
28     already done by other people.
29    
30 liquidx 1.2 A better solution would be to have a repository of these scripts on
31     www.gentoo.org.
32 liquidx 1.1
33     Specification
34     =============
35    
36     A scripts@gentoo.org email alias would be setup and forwarded to the team that
37     will accept and publish these scripts to the website. The team will need
38     access to a portion of the website, but just enough to add the scripts, and
39     update links from the main "scripts" page. I would propose it be a
40     subproject of the tools or base top level project. The scripts team would
41     need commit access to gentoo/xml/htdocs/proj/en/[base|tools]/scripts/.It
42     shouldn't increase the load on gentoo.org significantly.
43    
44 liquidx 1.2 The scripts should be divided by type of task, for example sysadmin,
45     gentooadmin, misc, and internally well-commented. If there are enough then
46     it might be appropriate to have a search interface.
47 liquidx 1.1
48     Rationale
49     =========
50    
51     A repository on gentoo.org would address the problem of not having a
52     central point where all the scripts reside; and as gentoo.org is
53     trusted by most gentoo users, it would also solve the problem of
54     running scripts without knowing their exact effect. Further trust
55     could be generated by having developers sign their scripts and
56     uploading the signatures in parallel.
57    
58     Periodically, a snapshot could be taken of the repository, the scripts
59     QA'd, and a package made and distributed.
60    
61     Having a well-publicised script repository would also ease major
62     changes to the distribution, and could be a first line of defence to
63     provide workarounds for security problems in packages.
64    
65     Backwards Compatibility
66     =======================
67    
68     Not a problem for this GLEP.
69    
70    
71     Copyright
72     =========
73    
74     This document has been placed in the public domain.

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