Florent Guillaume wrote:
I have to refine this statement: *For now* I don't want to go down
that road. In the long run I think we have to keep track of applied
profiles. That would help to make the setup tool more powerful and to
implement features like reloading or uninstalling. But AFAICS doing
this right requires a major refactoring and would come to late for CMF
1.6 or 2.0.
Major refactoring? I don't think so, at least not for storing the basic
information about which profiles are applied, which is a first step
toward more powerful features.
I guess we just have different expectations what "applied profiles"
means. Of course we can maintain a list of profiles from which we
imported all steps. But the fact a profile *was* once applied doesn't
necessarily mean it *is* applied. We have no tools to keep track of
partial imports and manual configuration changes. And we have no tools
to inspect the current configuration and to compare it against a set of
Restoring the configuration from a snapshot makes the list of applied
profiles useless, the currently necessary manual uninstall process can't
I can see that this information might be useful, but it doesn't
represent a state of the tool or the site. It has more the character
of (sometimes incomplete) history information and I'd prefer to use
the logging machinery for that.
It's not state per se, but it's information about what the administrator
did to the site. It has the character of history, yes, but needs to be
introspected by the tool to provide further features. Just logging the
info doesn't cut it.
What about adding that information to the import logs and creating an
import log for the initial site creation as well?
Logs aren't useful to implement better features.
Given the limitations of that information: Which features do you think
this information should be used for?
FWIW, while we're on the topic of GenericSetup, CPS now has a strong
need for extension profile dependencies and ordering. Or choice between
mandatory alternate extension profiles (like, choose which extension
profile will provide the authentication aspects of the portal). At some
point we'll have to spec out something and code it.
I have some ideas regarding the future of extension profiles. I hope
I'll soon find time to outline my thoughts.
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