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  • 31st Aug, 2005 at 9:38 PM


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Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

I have been hacking on UniConf, the free Univeral Configuration System that we've built at NITI.

For months, pphaneuf and I have been saying that UniConf shouldn't be used as a message passing system. It's not very good at delivering messages, so we claimed, it was only good at delivering state. (Which it is!)

Sadly, people kept insisting on using UniConf to do RPC, which boils down to one programme ordering another to do something. Correctly. All attempts so far have always failed, due to subtle race conditions or the like.

As a testimony to the usefulness of good hygiene, the idea struck me as I was showering. And that's when I wrote up my design for how to do this. I feel so dirty, having come up with it, that I think I need another shower.

But I think it works, I think it's safe, and I think it's reliable.

Now I just have to sucker someone to implement it for me.


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zedinbed
1st Sep, 2005 02:14 (UTC)
Hee hee! You have little stools to get to the mail. I hope you have one of the top mailboxes and require a stool to gte to it. That would be awesome. Alright, maybe not. But those stools look so awesome!
sfllaw
1st Sep, 2005 02:35 (UTC)
I will consider putting little rolling stools as an optional feature of UniMessageGen.
wlach
1st Sep, 2005 03:32 (UTC)
Now I just have to sucker someone to implement it for me.

You can't be serious.

Silliness aside, this has to be the best-thought-out bad idea I've seen in a while. Thanks for the entertaining read.
pphaneuf
1st Sep, 2005 04:12 (UTC)
You can't be serious. WvStreams itself is a marvelously well thought-out bad idea! Or very badly thought-out good idea? I can never decide...
sfllaw
1st Sep, 2005 14:41 (UTC)
If you ever give up on D-BUS...
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