Re: Followup: opinions on Search services


On Tue, 2005-04-26 at 18:22 -0500, Manuel Amador wrote:
> Oh, this is good.  Any plans to moving to a system-wide daemon model?

Moving to a solely system-wide model?  No.  The security implications of
a daemon running as root that monitors all the files on the system can
get hairy.  If you keep it per-user, then the security is fairly simple
filesystem permissions.

That said, there is a lot to be gained by having a shared store for a
lot of interesting, publicly available system-wide data.  Things like
launchers, man pages, etc. are definitely useful to the user.  Right now
we're indexing those for each user, but this is obviously suboptimal.
We don't have a concrete plan for this right now, but there are a few
options: we could have an instance of the daemon running as user nobody
which monitors some interesting directories (like the man paths); we
could have a shared read-only index crawler ala updatedb run once a day
or so.  But it's not something we've sat down and prototyped or
investigated in depth yet.


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