[Bro-Dev] Installation thoughts

Robin Sommer robin at icir.org
Thu Sep 15 18:35:44 PDT 2011

Sorry for going back to the installation process but a few thoughts
about "make install" (feel free to remind me about past discussions, I
don't remember these very well anymore):

- It currently installs the following binaries:

    adtrace         bdcat           bro             broccoli-config
    broctl          capstats        ftwire2bro      nfcollector
    rst             trace-summary

  That's seem too much to me, I think we should skip the bro-aux
  programs by default. That would then leave us with just

    bro broctl capstats trace-summary broccoli-config

  We could add target "make install-aux" to get the rest.

- It creates "$prefix/logs". I don't remember whether we discussed
  this already, but is that a good default location for logs?

- I noticed that we still install scripts that are now obsolete:


  That leaves us in into $prefix/scripts with:


  However, I'm almost thinking we should remove these as well; not
  sure it's worth shipping them. Or, if we really want to keep them,
  at least don't install by default (then perhaps as part of the
  "install-aux" target from above).

- Was there a reason we install the spool pieces directly into
  $prefix/spool/ instead of into $prefix/spool/bro/?

- test-all-policy.bro ends up in share/bro, which doesn't seem right.

- Do we really need to install share/bro/site/local-proxy.bro? It's
  empty and unlikley that many people will want to edit it.

- Thoughts about local.bro:

    * Why is "@load protocols/http/detect-webapps" commented out? We
    should add a comment explaining when one would want to include it.

    * "Requires that the Site::local_zones variable". We should add
    where/how to do that. Perhaps an empty definition right in


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