For ages, I’ve thought Gentoo has a major lack in GUI tools to configure various stuff like X, sound, etc. Finally I got sick of it, so this weekend I packaged most of Red Hat’s tools. It really bothers me that every distro writes its own tools from scratch when they’re mostly portable, so I decided to do something about it.
I did most of the work on Friday, and then some cleanup through the rest of the weekend when I wasn’t busy with friends and such. The vast majority simply need a small patch to migrate them to the Gentoo way: chkconfig to rc-update, /etc/rc.d/init.d to /etc/init.d, /sbin/service to /etc/init.d, and the occasional difference in file locations (/etc/ to /etc/bind/, and some PAM modules for authconfig).
Here’s the list:
There’s a couple more I may add, such as system-config-cluster and system-config-netboot.
They’re all hard-masked right now, but give them a shot. Please submit patches if something doesn’t work, rather than just whining about it. After all, they are masked.
I have some hopes that I can substitute these tools into our LiveCD builds for the current ones. Some experiments today showed that they can come up with at least the basics of autoconfiguration, and I know they have the capability to write config files as well. Anyone got an idea for how to figure out when to use binary drivers?