[Gluster-devel] Debian package for glusterfs 1.3.9

Andre Felipe Machado andremachado at techforce.com.br
Sun Jun 1 21:56:00 UTC 2008

IMHO, the packaging needs a bit more minor improvements before
uploading. The init.d is not being installed correctly with 1.3.9. (I
did not evaluate Mr. Cedric's patch yet. Could it be sent to my
address?). Beyond the trivial file name issue, it is not installing the
init.d script completely and correctly at a Debian machine the "debian
way", leveraging the debhelper tools for these tasks. Also, as a
suggestion, the samples  placed at /etc/glusterfs/ could be renamed
(worse alternative) or the init.d script modified for using the
CONFIGFILE parameter for the same name without ".sample" (better
alternative), leaving the file names as they are. The user will know
that editing file and simply removing the ".sample" suffix will work. 
It is even possible to place them as "final" names, without ".sample" ,
configuring only for localhost, and using debhelper for configuration
This way, if user modifies the files (and he/she should), 
the debconf will know that and offer to preserve/merge/substitute them. 
Or these sample files moved to /etc/default (using only localhost) and 
init script adapted for using them. 

Also, the init script uses functions of lsb-base, and the debian
control file does not list it as a dependency. The init.d glusterfsd
script uses double commands, for RH and for Debian, I guess. A correct
implementation of LSB init scripts could use different options and a
simpler script. The Debian start-stop-daemon is using "--startas"
option. Could this option allow duplicated instances of the daemon (if
the previous test status is removed)? The "--exec" options checks if a
previous instance is running and exits with error, or when used with
"--oknodo"  ignores it and starts another instance, like "--startas".
Is it correct? If so, is it the intended behaviour for glusterfsd?

The rules file is almost not using the debhelper scripts, that could 
make things easier for packagers.

There are some hints, and extensive bibliography (External useful
that could help at the page:
How to split a package into several smaller packages - How to create
multiple binaries packages from one source package.  [0]

I hope these help.
Andre Felipe Machado

[0] http://wiki.debian.org/PkgSplit

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