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 From:  "Mitch \(WebCob\)" <mitch at webcob dot com>
 To:  m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Cc:  "Dinesh Nair" <dinesh at alphaque dot com>
 Subject:  Announcement: Package functionality under serious consideration!
 Date:  Fri, 19 Mar 2004 10:50:17 -0800
After discussion with Manuel, we may have a winner...

This would essentially be an UNSUPPORTED FEATURE, with a basic howto
describing a sample addition.

The purpose of this extention is to make it easier for people to add code to
mono without having to patch the gui every time they add something.

Package writers would be responsible for their own config file maintenance.

This modification would simply allow for a standard where files included in
/etc/inc/ext are executed after boot up, and files in /usr/local/www/ext are
available through a "modules" menu in the gui. Maintenance by plug in
writers of a menu.inc.php may be required.

This way, adding your custom code to a mono release would simply be a matter
of adding your files to the image - they would be included and accessible
automatically from the gui.

This would make features such as detailed accounting, WAP hotspot support,
and others easier for individuals to maintain and apply to the current
codebase without having to branch the code or patch the system every time
they update (of course adding ones files would of course still be a

The question is, will this keep the special interests at bay?

Manuel is happy with mono at this point, and can't see working to add a lot
more features he doesn't need, so I think this will give us a way to take
development of individual features special groups want off his plate.

The new functionality WOULD NOT ADD new packages or code to the base
distribution - just hooks to avoid repeated patching and haphazzard merging
of user code with Manuel's (so no risk to the Uber-Secure Zealots ;-) *no
insult intended*)

(Thanks Manuel!)

What do you say guys?