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From Bruno Mahé (Commented) (JIRA) <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (BIGTOP-492) make our launcher scripts recognize cascading defaults
Date Mon, 26 Mar 2012 21:36:26 GMT


Bruno Mahé commented on BIGTOP-492:

* Could you give more details regarding how you see this being done?
* How are these scripts created? populated? read?
* How do you plan on educating users about this Apache Bigtop (incubating) feature?
* How more complicated will debugging configurations issues will be?
* What are the benefits from a user point of view? Just avoiding exporting <COMPONENT>_CONF_DIR>,
passing parameter -conf, overriding properties -D, editing the files? Why use that when I
can just points to another conf dir?
* How much complexity/layer of indirection will this feature add? Is the added value worthwhile?

Overall I am neutral provided this does not add too much confusion/complexity/indirection.
Although I believe there are a lot more important issues with a lot more value added. But
Apache Bigtop (incubating) being a volunteer based project, anyone can work on anything they
like :)

Note: I prefer /etc/bigtop/<util>rc
> make our launcher scripts recognize cascading defaults
> ------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: BIGTOP-492
>                 URL:
>             Project: Bigtop
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: General
>    Affects Versions: 0.4.0
>            Reporter: Roman Shaposhnik
>            Assignee: Roman Shaposhnik
>             Fix For: 0.4.0
> Almost all Unix (POSIX?) command line utilities have a nice feature of recognizing cascading
defaults. The system-level one is typically named /etc/<util>rc and the user-level one
is typically picked from ~/.<util>rc
> I propose that we introduce the same for all of the /usr/bin launcher scripts that we
support in Bigtop. The proposed format of the rc files is that of POSIX-compatible sh(1) code
snippet with an overall effect of exporting those variables that affect execution.
> Thoughts?

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