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2     Title: /srv - Services Home Directory Support
3     Version: $Revision: $
4     Last-Modified: $Date: $
5     Author: Stuart Herbert <stuart@gentoo.org>, Rob Holland <tigger@gentoo.org>
6     Status: Draft
7     Type: Standards Track
8     Content-Type: text/x-rst
9     Created: 09-Feb-2004
10     Post-History: 21-Feb-2004
12     Thanks To
13     =========
15     Thanks to Robin H. Johnson (robbat2@gentoo.org) for his assistance in writing
16     this GLEP.
18     Abstract
19     ========
21     This GLEP proposes a new root-level directory - /srv - as an optional home
22     for the data (and sometimes the software too) for software that provides
23     services.
25     /srv will be supported via a USE flag. This gives users the choice
26     of using a dedicated service home hierarchy or not.
28     /srv is defined in FHS 2.3, which is part of the upcoming LSB v2.0 release
29     (http://bugs.freestandards.org/cgi-bin/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=16)
31     Motivation
32     ==========
34     Gentoo currently does not provide sufficiently flexible support for
35     sites which wish to consolidate the data for their service-orientated
36     software under one simple, easy to administer, location.
38     Adding optional support for the /srv directory structure will give
39     sites increased flexibility on how to layout their machines.
41     Specification
42     =============
44     A new global USE flag - srvdir - will be added to Portage.
46     Ebuilds that choose to support the srvdir USE flag will configure the
47     package to install and use their data under the /srv directory.
49     Ebuilds that choose to support the srvdir USE flag - and which install
50     packages that need write access to the same directories that the
51     software is installed into - will configure the package to install
52     the software under the /srv directory.
54     All packages configured to support the srvdir USE flag will support
55     this breakdown of /srv:
57     /srv/<fqdn>/<service>/<service-specific tree>
59     where
60     <fqdn> is the fully-qualified domain name
61     <service> is the name of the service
62     <service-specific tree> is unique to the package
64     Ebuilds that install anything into /srv will install into /srv/localhost.
65     /srv/localhost - or any of the <service> directories underneath it - may be
66     symlinks created by the local administrator.
68     Examples
69     ========
71     For example, backup packages which support the srvdir USE flag could
72     save backup data under the /srv/<hostname>/backups directory for each
73     host on the network that they perform backups for.
75     For example, web-based applications which support the srvdir USE flag
76     could install their software under the /srv/localhost/www/htdocs directory.
77     Ebuilds for web-based applications which also support the vhost USE flag
78     will allow the user to install software under other service domains
79     through the webapp-config package. See GLEP #11 and the vhost-config tool for
80     more information on how this works.
82     There are many other packages that could support the srvdir USE flag -
83     including Portage itself.
85     For packages that do not support the srvdir USE flag, there is currently no
86     recommended default location to use - although /var/localhost may prove a
87     useful alternative.
89     Rationale
90     =========
92     Introducing optional support for the /srv directory will benefit a number of
93     groups of Gentoo users.
95     * Users who wish to have /usr mounted read-only
97     /srv provides an optional alternative for packages that install writable
98     files into /usr.
100     * Users who wish to isoloate services from /home utilisation
102     Services stop working when real users fill /home. As many packages cannot
103     detect or robustly cope with this situation, services that write files
104     to disk normally end up corrupting those files.
106     * Users who do not wish to export /var or its sub-directories
108     Exporting /var - or its subdirectories - via NFS et al is something that
109     some system administrators simply do not wish to do. Providing these users
110     with the choice of installing into /srv fits with the published Gentoo
111     philosophy of allowing users as much choice as possible.
113     * Users who share resources via NFS, or who use Network-Attached Storage (NAS)
115     Allowing system administrators to choose to configure service-providing
116     software to use a single file hierarchy will greatly simply the management
117     and maintenance of NFS exports - and imports - in clustered environments.
119     * Service providers, who host more than one customer's services on a machine
121     Grouping all the storage (web, ftp, databases, IMAP, etc etc) under one
122     location greatly simplifies managing disk quotas on that host.
124     It is common practice for shared hosted systems to place web sites,
125     ftp sites and so on under a user's actual home directory. This practice
126     requires the user's home directory to be world-readable, which does not
127     promote strong security!
129     * Users who wish to store service-orientated files onto a single logical
130     volume to support future growth
132     The Gentoo Philosophy clearly states that Gentoo Linux will be a
133     highly-configurable meta-distribution. Adding optional support for /srv is
134     very much in keeping with our Philosophy.
136     Implementation
137     ==============
139     A new USE flag - srvdir - will be added to Portage.
141     Ebuilds and eclasses will choose to support the srvdir USE flag or not on
142     an individual basis.
144     (Author's note: If this GLEP is approved, all web-based applications will
145     support the srvdir USE flag through the work being carried out under GLEP #11)
147     There has been some debate about whether the /srv directory should be provided
148     by the basesystem package or not. Because this support is optional, and
149     because different sites will have different storage requirements, we believe
150     that it should be left to the local Gentoo system administrator to manually
151     create the /srv directory.
153     If baselayout feels that it must install a /srv, then we propose that
154     baselayout installs /srv as a symlink to /var/srv. This approach will support
155     installations that mount the root filesystem read-only.
157     Backwards Compatibility
158     =======================
160     Users who choose not to use the new srvdir USE flag will see little to no
161     change. It is likely that some ebuilds will change their non-srvdir directory
162     layout to reduce the amount of effort required to support both options.
164     Copyright
165     =========
167     This document is licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution / Share
168     Alike license. (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0)

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