DragonFly kernel List (threaded) for 2003-08
Re: new sysinstall
On Aug 31, 2003, at 12:56 PM, Ben Laurie wrote:
Matthew Dillon wrote:
What I am currently proposing:
* Place Apache, PHP4, lynx, and some sort of browser (if we can
get it to
fit) on the live CD.
* Use Apache and PHP4 as the backend to the installer, lynx as the
character terminal frontend, or a browser as the graphical
The installation code would be written primarily in PHP4.
* The PHP4 code could make use of a simple database and the
RCNG scripts to hold onto persistent data and execute its
Problems with using high level languages like Ruby, Python, etc...
* They have big library dependancy sets, which makes them
in regards to us being able to generate a release environment
is a moving target).
Is that truer for Python than PHP4? Most of Python's library
dependencies are for its own libraries - the core language hardly needs
anything. And PHP builds in a pile of weird shit, too.
* They have a big CD footprint.
* There are issues with having multiple versions installed... a
'system' version installed by the CD which is often older then
the current release version that you might need in production.
Why is this not so for PHP?
I have heard of people using PHP as a scripting language for system
type stuff... but never seen it in practice as it just "feels wrong" to
I'd rather see Python... its been done for years by RedHat [anaconda].
What about TCL?
"There is no limit to what a man can do or how far he can go if he
doesn't mind who gets the credit." - Robert Woodruff