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32     <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">GLEP:</th><td class="field-body">15</td>
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34     <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Title:</th><td class="field-body">Gentoo Script Repository</td>
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38 liquidx 1.2 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Last-Modified:</th><td class="field-body"><a class="reference" href="http://www.gentoo.org/cgi-bin/viewcvs.cgi/xml/htdocs/proj/en/glep/glep-0015.txt?cvsroot=gentoo">2003/10/13 11:00:20</a></td>
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40     <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Author:</th><td class="field-body">James Harlow &lt;glep&#32;&#97;t&#32;james.is.never.wrong.nu&gt;,</td>
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42     <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Status:</th><td class="field-body">Draft</td>
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48     <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Created:</th><td class="field-body">30 Sep 2003</td>
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56     <p class="topic-title"><a name="contents">Contents</a></p>
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58     <li><a class="reference" href="#abstract" id="id2" name="id2">Abstract</a></li>
59     <li><a class="reference" href="#motivation" id="id3" name="id3">Motivation</a></li>
60     <li><a class="reference" href="#specification" id="id4" name="id4">Specification</a></li>
61     <li><a class="reference" href="#rationale" id="id5" name="id5">Rationale</a></li>
62     <li><a class="reference" href="#backwards-compatibility" id="id6" name="id6">Backwards Compatibility</a></li>
63     <li><a class="reference" href="#copyright" id="id7" name="id7">Copyright</a></li>
64     </ul>
65     </div>
66     <div class="section" id="abstract">
67     <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id2" name="abstract">Abstract</a></h1>
68     <p>There is currently no central repository for scripts that are useful
69     in administering a Gentoo system. This GLEP proposes a way to deal
70     with this issue.</p>
71     </div>
72     <div class="section" id="motivation">
73     <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id3" name="motivation">Motivation</a></h1>
74     <p>There are many small tasks on a Gentoo system that can be made much
75     easier and fault-proof by scripting. However, not everyone has the
76     experience to write such scripts; those that do have the choice of
77     tracking down scripts on developer's webpages or with a search engine,
78     or writing them themselves, often duplicating effort that has been
79     already done by other people.</p>
80 liquidx 1.2 <p>A better solution would be to have a repository of these scripts on
81     www.gentoo.org.</p>
82 liquidx 1.1 </div>
83     <div class="section" id="specification">
84     <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id4" name="specification">Specification</a></h1>
85     <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
86     will accept and publish these scripts to the website. The team will need
87     access to a portion of the website, but just enough to add the scripts, and
88     update links from the main &quot;scripts&quot; page. I would propose it be a
89     subproject of the tools or base top level project. The scripts team would
90     need commit access to gentoo/xml/htdocs/proj/en/[base|tools]/scripts/.It
91     shouldn't increase the load on gentoo.org significantly.</p>
92 liquidx 1.2 <p>The scripts should be divided by type of task, for example sysadmin,
93     gentooadmin, misc, and internally well-commented. If there are enough then
94     it might be appropriate to have a search interface.</p>
95 liquidx 1.1 </div>
96     <div class="section" id="rationale">
97     <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id5" name="rationale">Rationale</a></h1>
98     <p>A repository on gentoo.org would address the problem of not having a
99     central point where all the scripts reside; and as gentoo.org is
100     trusted by most gentoo users, it would also solve the problem of
101     running scripts without knowing their exact effect. Further trust
102     could be generated by having developers sign their scripts and
103     uploading the signatures in parallel.</p>
104     <p>Periodically, a snapshot could be taken of the repository, the scripts
105     QA'd, and a package made and distributed.</p>
106     <p>Having a well-publicised script repository would also ease major
107     changes to the distribution, and could be a first line of defence to
108     provide workarounds for security problems in packages.</p>
109     </div>
110     <div class="section" id="backwards-compatibility">
111     <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id6" name="backwards-compatibility">Backwards Compatibility</a></h1>
112     <p>Not a problem for this GLEP.</p>
113     </div>
114     <div class="section" id="copyright">
115     <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id7" name="copyright">Copyright</a></h1>
116     <p>This document has been placed in the public domain.</p>
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