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27 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">GLEP:</th><td class="field-body">15</td>
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29 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Title:</th><td class="field-body">Gentoo Script Repository</td>
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31 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Version:</th><td class="field-body">1.4</td>
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33 <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">2004/10/25 16:59:16</a></td>
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35 <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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37 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Status:</th><td class="field-body">Approved</td>
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39 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Type:</th><td class="field-body">Standards Track</td>
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41 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Content-Type:</th><td class="field-body"><a class="reference" href="glep-0002.html">text/x-rst</a></td>
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43 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Created:</th><td class="field-body">30 Sep 2003</td>
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45 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Post-History:</th><td class="field-body">30-Sep-2003, 25-Oct-2004</td>
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51 <p class="topic-title first"><a id="contents" name="contents">Contents</a></p>
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53 <li><a class="reference" href="#abstract" id="id2" name="id2">Abstract</a></li>
54 <li><a class="reference" href="#status-update" id="id3" name="id3">Status Update</a></li>
55 <li><a class="reference" href="#motivation" id="id4" name="id4">Motivation</a></li>
56 <li><a class="reference" href="#specification" id="id5" name="id5">Specification</a></li>
57 <li><a class="reference" href="#rationale" id="id6" name="id6">Rationale</a></li>
58 <li><a class="reference" href="#backwards-compatibility" id="id7" name="id7">Backwards Compatibility</a></li>
59 <li><a class="reference" href="#copyright" id="id8" name="id8">Copyright</a></li>
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63 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id2" id="abstract" name="abstract">Abstract</a></h1>
64 <p>There is currently no central repository for scripts that are useful
65 in administering a Gentoo system. This GLEP proposes a way to deal
66 with this issue.</p>
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69 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id3" id="status-update" name="status-update">Status Update</a></h1>
70 <p>Expect the first alpha release by the end of November or so.</p>
71 </div>
72 <div class="section">
73 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id4" id="motivation" 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 <p>A better solution would be to have a repository of these scripts on
81 www.gentoo.org.</p>
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84 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id5" id="specification" 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 <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 </div>
96 <div class="section">
97 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id6" id="rationale" 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>
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111 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id7" id="backwards-compatibility" name="backwards-compatibility">Backwards Compatibility</a></h1>
112 <p>Not a problem for this GLEP.</p>
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115 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id8" id="copyright" name="copyright">Copyright</a></h1>
116 <p>This document has been placed in the public domain.</p>
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