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Decouple the regen-conf mechanism from services #480

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alexAubin commented May 21, 2018

The problem

Regen-conf is currently heavily coupled to the notion of services, and this is problematic / annoying for many reasons :

  • we have "pseudo-services" like "ssl", "nsswitch" and "yunohost" which are not actual services but just here to handle some configuration files
  • it's annoying to create a whole service, then add all the hack to make it "not a real service" when you in fact just want to manage a single file. This is why I ended up putting the management of etckeeper.conf inside the "yunohost" regen-conf hook
  • we have other examples of files we would like to manage independently of the notion of service, for instance the dns resolvers (c.f. #352 ) and cron jobs (dyndns, cert-renewal)


Decouple the regen-conf mechanism from the concept of services. To do this, the regen-conf related code was moved in a and file hashes are now stored in a regenconf.yml, independently from services.yml.

Of course that's a delicate operation since the regen-conf is one of the core feature of the core :o and a migration is required to properly handle this ... (which is why I ended up working on stretch-unstable to add a 6th migration)

The API also gets changed from yunohost service regen-conf (still supported but deprecated) to yunohost tools regen-conf.

Nevertheless, after this we'll be able to safely add simple conf-regen hooks for new files without all the weird "pseudo-service" thing.

PR Status

Needs some heavy testing to make sure this doesn't break anything

How to test

Pull this branch ... the first time you run a regen-conf, it should automatically migrate. Though we also need to test postinstall and a "real-life upgrade" (which triggers the postinst script and so on)


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@alexAubin alexAubin changed the base branch from unstable to stretch-unstable May 21, 2018

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LGTM, read quickly, tested, migrations goes well

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There is some conflict

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[fix] Don't backup cron files #442

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