[distcc] On Style - the hosts file

Victor Norman vtnpgh at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 7 20:46:08 GMT 2005

Michael, et al,

I personally do not like the idea of putting the --randomize flag in the hosts
file.  I say, "let the hosts file be the hosts file".  Instead, I much prefer
that all behavior modifications go on the command-line, or in a "resource
configuration" file -- i.e., a dot-rc file, like .distccrc.

Alternatively, we could fold the hosts file and the dot-rc file into one file,
with a uniform syntax:

hosts: <list of hosts>
randomize_hosts: true
other_configurable_option: 7
etc: "et cetera"


--- "Donohue, Michael" <mdonohue at paypal.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I have submitted two patches that add options to the host file.  I am
> not sure if this is generally an accepted way of configuring things with
> distcc.  I followed Dan Kegel's lead by looking at his randomized hosts
> code, but I also notice that his code hasn't been accepted into the main
> distribution.    I am now looking at implementing creat-locking, instead
> of locking, and I would like to know the right way to make this
> configurable, so I can see how it performs.
> I prefer the hosts file because the hosts file controls the canonical
> name all clients use, and the locking mechanism is part of that.   
> Michael 
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