[Bro-Dev] Broctl installation process clean up

Jonathan Siwek jsiwek at ncsa.illinois.edu
Sat Nov 6 18:34:46 PDT 2010

As part of the CMake porting process, I think it makes sense to clean up Broctl's initial installation process, which currently creates a dependence between some of the `broctl install` functionality and the Bro distribution source dir.  That's not going to be compatible when we want to have Broctl packaged individually as a Bro optional/add-on package.

I propose that we let CMake take care of the dependency checking (other Bro components need to be installed first) and initial installation of the Broctl files while  `broctl install` would still be responsible for generating scripts from templates, updating to new version of .cfg and site policy files, and syncing to worker nodes (at least I think that's a summary of what broctl does).

The specific functionality that would be lost is `broctl install --make` (used by current Makefile) and also the DevMode=1 feature that seems to basically turn `broctl install` into a `broctl install --make` in order to update the files from the distribution source.  Instead, the `make install` target generated by CMake can accomplish that task and probably remind the user that they must also `broctl install` if they want to update scripts/config or sync to workers.

I think I've nearly thought this all the way through and wrote the details down here, for the curious:


Good plan or bad plan?

- Jon

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