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Re: Bikeshed: configuration override order

From: Hyrum K. Wright <hyrum_wright_at_mail.utexas.edu>
Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2010 13:18:54 -0500

On Fri, Aug 6, 2010 at 1:13 PM, Greg Hudson <ghudson_at_mit.edu> wrote:
> On Fri, 2010-08-06 at 13:50 -0400, Hyrum K. Wright wrote:
>> I'm doing some more thinking about repository-dictated configuration,
>
> I get nervous when I see people talk about repository-dictated
> configuration as an extension of the general configuration framework.
>
> There are a lot of things a repository should not be able to configure
> for trust reasons--in particular, what commands the client runs. áWhen
> you check out material from a repository, you are not handing over the
> keys to your machine or account, just retrieving content. áIn fact, I
> think there are only a few specific configuration variables which a
> repository should be able to influence, such as mime-type recognition.

Agree with the general point, but it raises another point: which
values are acceptable for overriding? Are they hardcoded or
configurable (if configurable, that kinda defeats the point, since
they'd have to be configured locally)? White list? Black list?

Would a hard-coded list be something that depends on application
(corporate vs. open source vs. some other deployment)?

-Hyrum
Received on 2010-08-06 20:19:35 CEST

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