Hi Joel,
I can provide a couple of comments, or better yet start a discussion, but
others please feel free to chime in.


> 1) How will this work with the concept of a tool volume snapshot? I'd have
> to make a snapshot of my partition every time I installed/removed a tool
> from a tool shed. Would it make sense to re-characterize the tools volume
> as a persistent volume (a la the user data volume) instead of it being
> snapshot driven like it is now? Is it currently possible for me to point to
> a persistent EC2 tools volume and not a snapshot in my persistent S3
> information in order to make the cluster stop/start process simpler?
>

Currently, we're working on a new file system management component within
cloudman, which will allow for a much greater flexibility in terms of how
file systems are managed and maintained in the cloud context. Technically,
this should help in getting over the issue that's emerging. We haven't yet
made any decisions on how the tool upgrades will be handled across the
board in this context but the approach you mention is a very likely one,
especially as a first step in this direction.

>
> 2) Are there plans to provide ranking or popularity ratings to the public
> tool shed so I know which tools are the most stable, popular, or perhaps
> used to be included in the standard distribution?
>

There are ongoing efforts to address this exact topic. I'm not aware of a
the timeline but if someone else is, jump in...

Thanks for raising these questions,
Enis


>
> Thanks again for your work, apologies for the verbosity, I'm just getting
> to know galaxy.
>
> -Joel
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