Linuxconf 1.6 (official release)


Linuxconf's http mode is now operationnal (see info below in linuxconf 1.4)
on how to install manually in /etc/inetd.conf and friends. This features
was the primary goal after the other official release 1.3.

A new menu under networking let you control which machines or networks
have access to linuxconf using the http protocol.

To achieve proper operation under http mode and to enhance in
general the user interface, several dialog have been reworked. The SAVE
button is gone from all dialogs. Each time a sub-dialog is "accepted", this
imply a save of the underlying database. For example, when creating a new
user account and accepting it, /etc/passwd is immediatly updated.

For a related raeson, the DEL button has moved from list items into
the items dialog. This is nicer to operate this way (You know what you
are deleting).

Rework of the install script to support RedHat systems and slackware.
The install script is used both for the binary distribution and the
source distribution install. It checks if linuxconf has already been
installed and exit if so.

Start for a module concept where modules tailored for management of non
"standard" (Place where there are alternatives at least) can be loaded
dynamicly. The first project is the apache http server. Not operationnal
yet. There is a special license for modules.

Because of the module concept, the basic support for httpd has been removed
from linuxconf: It is not starting httpd anymore.

askrunlevel do some work prior to setup its menu.
	-start kerneld if available (if it not already running)
	-mount file system which are not yet mounted


When probing to configure (or find out what has to be configured), linuxconf
does now a check for DNS connectivity. It sends a request to the DNS and
expect an answer in 4 seconds. If the answer does not come in that time,
linuxconf assume that there is a problem and offers you to stop the process.
This avoid useless very long delay at boot time and will tell you why
your machine looks frozen sometime. This behavior can be disabled for
those who don't have full time connectivity to a DNS (Standalone home machine
for one). See "Networking/Configure  Name server specification (DNS)" menu
option for detail.

The update of the serial number of a primary dns table is now smarter.
Instead of incrementing it once per change/session, linuxconf ask the
running DNS (named) about the current "in memory" serial number and
update from there. This was used especially for the http mode where every
host you add to the DNS is done in an independant session (as seen from
linuxconf); For it, it sounds like you quit linuxconf each time you
enter a new host.

When probing for thing to mount/remount in /etc/fstab, the proc filesystem
was not checked.

Start of a control panel in the main menu of linuxconf. It is now possible
to
	-reboot shutdown
	-activate the changes in linuxconf without quiting

	This is especially convenient for web mode (http).