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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 5:33 pm    Post subject: dispatch-conf new features? Reply with quote

I'm posting here because, I'm wondering if there is any general interest for adding new features to dispatch-conf.

It seams that, as a self described control freak, dispatch-conf is missing some features that make it easier to control MY computer. I have looked through the documentation, and not found the sorts of features I'm looking for. I am wondering if other people have noticed these features lacking, or if I'm just suffering from some sort of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Here are some of the ideas I have in mind as a want list.

1. The first "missing feature" is some sort of dry-run. A sort of "--pretend" mode that does not actually make any changes, but instead shows the user what sort of config file changes are needed. It also gives a count of how many updates are needed.

2. I have extensive understanding with RSC and I use RCS with dispatch-conf. I have a script that builds a tree in root's home directory, "/root/" that mirrors the tree in "/etc/config-archive/" with symbolic links (RCS) to it's subdirectories. This shadow structure makes it easier make comparisons to the different versions and to "co" and examine those other versions.

3. I prefer emacs as editor when merging files. I would like to make some sort of script that allows to you your favorite editor when manual manual merging is needed.

For now, I do not intend on changing the dispatch-conf system. But I am writing some python scripts that can be used along side the current dispatch-conf system. If there is general interested in the scripts, I can make them public.
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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You should try app-portage/etc-proposals. It is a gtk gui that displays all the changes and breaks them up into sections that can be accepted, rejected. It makes light work of managing changes
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