[Userops] Antonio Terceiro's DebConf talk on packaging free software web applications

Dave Crossland dave at lab6.com
Tue Aug 25 10:18:52 EDT 2015


On Aug 25, 2015 9:58 AM, "Antonio Terceiro" <terceiro at debian.org> wrote:
>
> On Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 10:22:53AM -0700, Asheesh Laroia wrote:
> > I was super impressed by this talk.
>
> Thank you (and Christopher) for the feedback.
>
> > One thing I realized today, a few days after seeing the talk (on
Saturday)
> > is:
> >
> > I wonder if a lot of the config can be done, rather than by chef scripts
> > mutating files on-disk, by passing environment variables to the app.
That
> > way, hopefully, the environment variables can store site-specific
details,
> > similar to how Heroku describes "12 factor apps": http://12factor.net/
> >
> > If that's unclear, let me know and I can try to say more. I'm curious
what
> > you think, Antonio.
>
> I think we will always need to generate config files in some way or
> another, because even if the applications do use environment variables
> for configuration, we will still need to configure the web server (or
> systemd unit files etc), to actuallty pass those environment variables
> in.

Why not have the default configuration set to use them?

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> Antonio Terceiro <terceiro at debian.org>
>
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