[Deploying Sakai] [Building Sakai] What do you think about Config Viewer?

Noah Botimer botimer at umich.edu
Thu Jan 7 10:14:20 PST 2010

I'll let others be pragmatic. What I'd be most interested in for the  
2.8 timeline is an honest look at our configuration mechanism. I  
would consider improving it and just reflecting on what it does well  
and less well (for future) to be valuable outputs.

Some have heard my complaints about the "just make another property"  
practice and some the other configuration friction. Let me try to  
phrase this as a positive-looking request...

I would like to see an easy way to establish and document the  
existence of possible settings in one pass, with valid data types/ 
ranges indicated. I would like there to be some categorization (if  
only one level for "section"/tool/whatever). I would like to see  
differentiation between "system-level" things like hostname or other  
nuts&bolts startup parameters from things that deal with the runtime  
application. I would like to see a live, consolidated control panel,  
maybe a la Webmin. I would like there to be effective cluster-wide  
propagation of these runtime settings.

So, while I will not disregard enthusiasm for maintaining a good  
tool, I ask that we pause and consider what it means to maintain a  
community-evolved enterprise application on campus on a daily basis.  
Much of this conversation parlays into understanding how we want our  
world to be in the next round (Sakai 3).


On Jan 7, 2010, at 12:25 PM, Jean-Francois Leveque wrote:

> Hi all,
> It's been 12 months since Tony Atkins released the last tag for Config
> Viewer. I really like this tool and I've heard others also do.
> Matthew Jones has contributed useful fixes in trunk and in a  
> umich_2.6.x
> branch.
> I think we can do better as a community if we want to be able to use
> this tool in the future.
> Are you using it in production?
> Do you want it to be maintained?
> Would you like it to be part of Sakai 2.8.0?
> Would you like to help?
> My answer to all these questions is yes. What do you think?
> Cheers,
> Jean-François Lévêque
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