Mike, Mike Gerdts wrote: > On Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 8:05 PM, Glenn Brunette <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: >> Jeff, >> >> This actually hits on a similar request that I have (but for different >> reasons). I would like a stable interface from which I could tell >> the update revision of a system. > > This seems to be another case for feature-based meta packages. > > http://mgerdts.blogspot.com/2008/03/solaris-wish-list-feature-based-meta.html > > I describe it for the simplicity of installing software, but with a > bit of thought it could be possible to extend it to this use as well.
Very similiar indeed. While this may work with the "big" items that qualify as features, I am not sure if this would be stretching the metaphor a bit for smaller components, but you and I are definitely thinking in a similar vein. >> In a past life working on JASS, we were told to not test for patch or >> update levels but rather to test whether a specific feature is present, >> and while I understand the merits of this methodology, it does not >> always provide a complete solution (without making significant >> assumptions about how the system was installed/maintained). For > > As a very heavy user of JASS, this methodology is appreciated. It has > made the software continue to be quite useful long after Sun stopped > providing updates. (Any news on open sourcing it?) Thank you! As far as news on JASS, all that I can say for now is stay tuned. There is a lot of discussion happening on this front these days, and I hope we will have some news to share soon. g _______________________________________________ zones-discuss mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org