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From Ben Hyde <>
Subject Re: Suggestion: shtool
Date Sat, 24 Apr 1999 18:03:40 GMT

shtool's presumable advantage it is takes something that
is intimately tangled up with Apache and makes is a
separate module.  That modularity is good.  Quick review
of why modularity is good...

It makes for one thing that the group maintains for
all branches of Apache instead of having to keep N branches
in sync.

It creates a place where people can volunteer without
having to understand the entire tangle.

It pushes the code base toward better support for
such modules.  For example the way regex is done
needs to be extended to xml parsing, shared
memory, I/O substrates overtime.

It increases the chance that reimplementing 
configuration is a tractable job.

In this big picture (at least the one I'm looking at
this morning) this kind of sawing off parts of Apache,
making them stand along modules, would be a very
good thing.  It letting us be more experimental about
how to bundle up things.

I for example, have taken alloc. and buff. and use
the two together for lots of little hacks.  It would
be nice to have a frame work that encourages any
clarification of the modularity that is actually
almost there.

The licensing thing is real, but it should not divert
our attention from it being good to do things
along these lines.  It would be sad if a body
didn't feel it was "safe" to bundle up alloc.c,
for example, because of a fear that the group
gets all in a bother that the repackaging might
be theft.

 - ben

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