[Yum-devel] zeroconf-like discovery of repos
misa+yum at redhat.com
Thu May 18 12:52:41 UTC 2006
On Thu, May 18, 2006 at 12:58:54AM -0400, seth vidal wrote:
> On Tue, 2006-05-16 at 15:22 -0400, Bret McMillan wrote:
> > On Tue, 2006-05-16 at 14:20 -0400, seth vidal wrote:
> > > Useful? Maybe - but only to large enterprises where folks have some
> > > control/influence over DNS
> > >
> > > It seems like something that would only be useful for a small subset of
> > > folks, though. Why not implement it as a plugin as a proof of concept.
> > > You could mangle the repositories before they're up using the prerepo
> > > slot.
> > >
> > > What do you think?
> > avahai stuff seems interesting in 2 general ways to me:
> > 1) corporate enterprise-y setting that has dns control, essentially
> > named lookup of services: "What is the cannonical place for a
> > predetermined set of content?"
> > 2) mobile use case: misa & seth end up @ PyCON, seth has a bunch of
> > damn useful rpms; how do you make it easy for misa to snag them? "What
> > various content is available to me?"
> > #1 would be cool and all for stuff like registration and/or mirroring,
> > but I can't really think of much beyond that. My gut says #2 could
> > prove a lot more interesting.
> I'm not sure I follow how #2 could happen and be safe/secure at all.
I tend to think the mobile use case is something that can be solved much
easier with just sharing a URL over IRC. Security is indeed an issue.
Now, another interesting application for zeroconf that might actually make
sense is distributed caching. If you are in a network where people downloaded
the packages already, you might be looking at other people's cache first.
Plus, an inherrent security problem still exits (what if I download something
from a yum repo that requires authentication of some sort - I won't
necessarily want to share the package from my cache).
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