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Re: [GNUnet-developers] gnunet.conf in GNUnet 0.6.6b

From: Christian Grothoff
Subject: Re: [GNUnet-developers] gnunet.conf in GNUnet 0.6.6b
Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2005 20:05:42 -0500
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On Friday 11 March 2005 18:34, Marcos D. Marado Torres wrote:
> Greetings,
> I convinced a friend few minutes ago to try GNUnet (in Linux).
> After downloading it, unpacking it, ./configure, make and make install, the
> problems started: /etc/gnunet.conf wasn't there, the gnunet.conf created in
> his ~/.gnunet/ didn't have lot of fields (like INTERFACE or GNUNETD_HOME),
> and soon he said "bah, this isn't working yet!" and just quit'd on the idea
> of trying GNUnet.
> Shouldn't we try to make GNUnet instalation and configuration more
> user-friendly?

Well, it sounds to me like you just messed up the two config files.  If a 
configuration file is needed and does not exist, the respective GNUnet binary 
will create one.  However, if you create a configuration file for clients and 
then force the server to use it with -c, that won't work.  Also, if you run 
gnunetd as an ordinary user, it will not be able to 
generate /etc/gnunetd.conf or access /var.  Those are simple permission 
issues that arise from the fact that we use different users for gnunetd and 
the UIs.  I don't think we can easily fix that.

However, if you really just want a simple way to get GNUnet running, why don't 
you use one of the binary packages?  I've tried the debian package, and it is 
really nice in that it pretty much does all of the setup for you. 

Also, making things more user-friendly is always easier said than done.  Do 
you have any concrete suggestions?


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