FreeBSD in Dixons
dom at happygiraffe.net
Sat Mar 11 00:09:31 GMT 2000
On Fri, Mar 10, 2000 at 08:35:30AM +0000, Brian Somers wrote:
> 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.
You mean a wizard. :-)
> So, how about
> 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 ?
Sounds like an excellent idea. Whilst one can shoehorn everything into
one big ppp.conf and call it as necessary, the other config files would
be a lot more difficult.
> I think the main thing here is to make it easy to add new options -
> for example:
> 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
> 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.
This sounds more and more interesting. Why didn't somebody do this
I'll have a go at throwing together a sample implementation tonight
(it's only midnight and I'm bored :) and see what I come up with.
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