[arch-general] [Bulk] Re: RFC: OpenRC as init system for Arch

Kevin Chadwick ma1l1ists at yahoo.co.uk
Mon Apr 30 11:12:26 EDT 2012

On Mon, 30 Apr 2012 19:59:02 +0530
Jayesh Badwaik wrote:

> You are very correct, master documents should always be plain text. The 
> generated documents can be binary however. Also, there should be a fallback 
> system where the plain text documents are used rather than binary documents
> so that the faults in generator do not affect the bootability of the system. 

What's the point. To me that's just adding an extra redundant layer
that could have bugs. I see no point using binaries for configuration
whatosever. RAM is crazy fast and some SSDs are now as fast as a PIIIs
ram. How many nanoseconds does it take to parse config files???

Heck it would be fast on our spectrum ZX. 

The other argument is cross program similar formatting. To me that just
adds difficulty and a usage barrier to possibly very different programs.

Qmail, dovecot and sudoers are all very different, it causes no
problem. Binaries and xml in odd multiple locations expecting
users to use a conf tool with rediculously long and custom non self
explanatory terminal lines does!!!!!

I installed mint for a friend. It came with gconf. I had to
google and install dconf to configure lockscreen, WTF!. Configuring
gnome as an admin takes ages because it's custom. A textfile with
examples would take seconds!!

I'm sure these things wouldn't have happened years ago!!

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