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Re: [Koha-devel] new database update mecanism

From: MJ Ray
Subject: Re: [Koha-devel] new database update mecanism
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2006 10:29:37 +0000

Pierrick LE GALL <address@hidden>
> - isolated updates that can be executed only once
> - database self aware about its update level
> - notification in intranet screen that new updates are available

I think this is a good idea. Here are some more suggestions:
1. model the updates on sysV init scripts, so they can be started
and stopped/applied and removed as needed by an upgrade;
2. the new updates notification should require deliberate action
by the superlibrarian, else we may be violating user's privacy
(also known as a "phone home" problem).

> Update files will be Perl files in the update/updates dedicated
> directory, with numeric only filenames:

Can't they just start or end with a number, divided from the
human-friendly name by a - or similar? It really is useful
to have human-friendly names.

Take a look at dpatch if you have a debian system nearby.
http://alioth.debian.org/projects/dpatch/ - I'm sure there's
been criticism of it, but I didn't locate it in a web search.

Hope that helps,
MJ Ray - personal email, see http://mjr.towers.org.uk/email.html
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