FreeBSD in Dixons

c.raven at ukonline.co.uk c.raven at ukonline.co.uk
Fri Mar 10 21:15:51 GMT 2000


Hmmm, I seem to recall talking about this a couple of months back but nobody
seemed to care then ..........

...... still better late than never I guess  :-)

CR


----- Original Message -----
From: "Brian Somers" <brian at Awfulhak.org>
To: "Nik Clayton" <nik at FreeBSD.org>
Cc: "Lee Johnston" <lee at uk.freebsd.org>; <freebsd-users at uk.freebsd.org>;
<brian at hak.lan.awfulhak.org>; <freebsd-isp at FreeBSD.org>
Sent: Friday, March 10, 2000 8:35 AM
Subject: Re: FreeBSD in Dixons


> > Something else to consider -- I'd like to get example config files,
> > scripts, and so on, for /usr/share/examples, for the UK.
> >
> > For example, a /usr/share/examples/ppp/uk/ directory, with sample
ppp.conf
> > files for Demon, Pavilion, Freeserve, BT, ..., DNS configurations, and
so
> > on.
> >
> > Perhaps a /usr/share/examples/isp/uk/ directory hierarchy might be
better,
> >
> >     .../examples/isp/uk/$ISP/ppp
> >                              namedb
> >                              sendmail
> >                              leafnode
> >                              inn
> >                              squid
> >
> > and other directories, each one containing commented configuration files
> > suitable for $ISP (Demon, Pavilion, Freeserve, and so on).
>
> If others jump on the bandwagon, this'll be good.  If they don't, it
> may look a bit half baked (witness the PGP keys in the handbook -
> *VERY* slow to materialise !).
>
> I can supply configs for a lot of these services for Demon,
> Force9, Pavilion and BT.  It's interesting though, I think what we
> actually need is a script/program that will generate the config files
> based on a database of "isp specifics".  These specifics would
> contain things like phone numbers, dial strings, DNS negotiation flags,
> web proxy name, news server name, newsfeed or inews style posting,
> hostname or domain and finally, services supported.  The script would
> then get some generic templates, prompt for account specifics (if not
> supplied on the command line) and build the requisite config files.
>
> So, how about
>
>    /usr/share/isp/defaults
>    /usr/share/isp/uk/defaults
>    /usr/share/isp/uk/pavilion
>    /usr/share/isp/uk/demon
>    /usr/share/isp/uk/bt
>    /usr/share/isp/uk/force9
>
> etc ?  These files would contain the standard bourne shell variable
> assignments, and then there'd be
>
>    genconfig [-pnmlis] [otheroptions]
>
> where the above flags generate configurations for ppp, named, mail,
> leafnode, innd and squid respectively.  We'd also want flags like
> -d domain to auto-specify your domain etc.
>
> Any interest in something like this ?
>
> > Obviously, there needs to be a big hefty disclaimer at the front of all
> > these advising the user to double check them before using them, but it
> > might help save new users some trouble.
> >
> > The PPP configuration in sysinstall could then be modified to ask the
user
> > whether they want to use a canned configuration for an ISP, and if so,
to
> > select the ISP from a list. . .
> >
> > Thoughts?
>
> I think the main thing here is to make it easy to add new options -
> for example:
>
> /usr/share/isp/uk/someisp
>   phone=1234567
>   services=ppp
>   domain=someisp.co.uk
>
> Would tell the program that it can generate a ppp.conf with the
> standard template and only the phone number specified.  It would then
> prompt for your authname/authkey and ask if you want to use a login
> script (it would generate one with \\U & \\P).  Or
>
> /usr/share/isp/uk/demon
>   phone=1234567
>   pppdns=false
>   proxy=www-cache.demon.co.uk
>   services=ppp,squid,leafnode
>
> where it prompts for your host/domain, authname and authkey, and allows
> you to configure squid using the given proxy) and leafnode using the
> standard news.domain.
>
> > N
> > --
> > Internet connection, $19.95 a month.  Computer, $799.95.  Modem,
$149.95.
> > Telephone line, $24.95 a month.  Software, free.  USENET transmission,
> > hundreds if not thousands of dollars.  Thinking before posting,
priceless.
> > Somethings in life you can't buy.  For everything else, there's
MasterCard.
> >   -- Graham Reed, in the Scary Devil Monastery
>
> --
> Brian <brian at Awfulhak.org>                        <brian@[uk.]FreeBSD.org>
>       <http://www.Awfulhak.org>                   <brian@[uk.]OpenBSD.org>
> Don't _EVER_ lose your sense of humour !
>
>
>
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