LISA 2000 Abstract
An Improved Approach for Generating Configuration Files from a Database
Jon Finke, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Much of our site configuration information is stored in a
relational database, which means we need to extract this information
in the appropriate format for servers and daemons. In the past we have
done this with lots of little custom C programs and scripts.
We have recently changed to a new approach of generating the files
within the database itself using PL/SQL packages, and then using a
generic file extraction program to handle the details of putting ASCII
characters into Unix (or other) file systems. This has allowed us to
reduce development time of programs to generate new file types, and
greatly simplified supporting multiple platforms.