On Fri, 28 Jul 2006, Nikolas Britton wrote:
The only way this idea will work is if we put some code in the base
system that sends something generic every few months. for example. Send
'uname -mr' to stats.freebsd.org every 3 months. It would be very easy
to 'opt out', perhaps stats_enable="NO" in rc.conf.
Alternatively we could make it 'opt in' at install time. The installer
could add stats_enable="YES" to rc.conf when someone answers yes.
The actual code to implement this is trivial, something like a few lines
of shell script and a config file that lists the next send date. This
config file can be checked during the monthly periodic and if needed
trigger the stats script to send the anonymous data and update the next
send date in the config file. If the stats script can't find a path out
it should update the next send date and then die.
Btw, you'd need to include something else in the mix to differentiate
various hosts ... maybe MAC address or something like that?
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