DSA Terminology

Bas Mevissen abuse at basmevissen.nl
Tue Sep 13 14:00:58 PDT 2022

On 2022-09-13 21:56, Jo-Philipp Wich wrote:
> Hi,
>> IMHO changing, in /etc/config/network:
>> "config interface" -> "config network"
>> "config device" -> "config interface"
>> would eliminate this semantic inconsistency and bring the naming
>> convention more in line with what Rich referred to in his comments
>> above.
> This cannot be done in a sane manner though as it would render future 
> versions
> entirely backwards incompatible.
> Renaming `config interface` to `config network` makes sense and can be
> implemented easily. However we would still need to treat `config 
> interface` as
> synonym for it in the forseeable future in order to retain 
> compatibility,
> which means that we cannot reuse `interface` for something else.
> So changing `config interface` to `config network` would be possible 
> assuming
> that `config device` remains `config device` (or is renamed to 
> something other
> than `interface`).
> At the same time, the `wifi-iface` section type in /e/c/network should 
> be
> changed to `wifi-network` in order to remain consistent.

When you are at this level of changes and redefining and reusing names, 
normally it is time to reconsider the complete thing.
I would suggest something like a JSON file based config with versioning 
so that later changes can be done in a forward compatible way.

With some clever scripts, not too exotic existing configurations can be 
converted automatically, just like was done with the switch to DSA.

Just my 2 cents..


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