[CentOS-docs] document proposal: TipsAndTricks/ApacheVHostDir

Sun Aug 23 06:37:41 UTC 2009
Ed Heron <Ed at Heron-ent.com>

From: "R P Herrold", Saturday, August 22, 2009 8:54 PM

> The problem is this -- a vhost.d and linkfarm constellation
> works (for some meanings of 'works'), and is not unheard of -- 
> but it also contemplates adding directories not identifiable
> by:
>  rpm -qf /path/to/vhost.d/templates
> is note integrated with SELinux, and it not accompanied by a
> documented or LSB or FHS model management tool (see, eg,
> alternatives, or chkconfig)
> Local extensions are all well and good; but the CentOS
> approach is conservative, and not developmental; it is about
> management within the model of the upstream, of a form that
> will not get 'tromped on' by an async upstream security
> upgrade, and automatable sysadmin provisioning and management
> tools.
> We have the memory of the 'cacheing nameserver' and 'bind'
> named.conf changes mid release causing outages upon the
> unwary.  Those using non-upstream docoed's approaches were
> caught when a local extension was stepped on by upstream.
> That means we at CentOS, when we extend, package sources into
> RPMs, with directories that SELinux is comfortable with, and
> use versioned tools so delivered.
> I strongly suspect that the draft model of links needs a raft
> of SElinux modifications as well.  Haven't tried yet, as
> frankly, it strikes me that this type of work needs to be
> thrashed out in the Fedora context and rough and tumble of
> development.  It is just not where the CentOS wiki needs to
> be, in my opinion.
> 'wolfy' used the executive sumamry and telegraphic model to
> communicate this which we use in IRC when proposals like this
> arise; I hope this longer form is not considered 'sarcastic'
> -- Russ herrold

  Telegraphic.  Nice.  Hopefully, not.  I find link farms annoying in 

  Actually, I agree with the conservatism.  I'm not suggesting that CentOS 
change the distribution.  I was just suggesting a slightly different method 
for what many of us were already doing.