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Re: No to StowFS!

From: Gianluca Guida
Subject: Re: No to StowFS!
Date: Sun, 5 Feb 2006 21:06:32 +0100


On 2/5/06, Filip Brcic <brcha@users.sourceforge.net> wrote:
> How about a daemon (or service, or translator, or whatever) that would monitor
> the "/Programs" directory where the new programs are installed. And when that
> daemon sees a new program it automagicaly does a "ln -s" for binaries,
> includes, libraries, etc. That "daemon" could be triggered by the
> installation program, or it could just look into /Programs from time to time
> to see if there are new directories around (or it could just be croned to run
> every few minutes to update the envvars if needed).

In the Hurd this can be implemented by a server that listen to
dir_notify messages coming from the /Programs directory. Update would
be just in time and we would need no special daemon, or timer.


> Of course. It doesn't make sense to change the envvars in the runtime. It
> probably could be done, but all the programs that use envvars would have to
> implement some sort of signal-handler that would update internal envvars and
> process them to see if they are useful to the program or not.
Again, we could implement this by messages.

Still, I think this is a _BAD_ idea.


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