[systemd-devel] [PATCH] systemctl: print unit package in status

"Jóhann B. Guðmundsson" johannbg at gmail.com
Thu Dec 18 10:33:50 PST 2014

On 12/18/2014 05:48 PM, Zbigniew Jędrzejewski-Szmek wrote:
> I think you should make it opt-in, with a command-line switch (--show-package ?).
> In some cases it can be very useful, but most of the time it would
> be just a slow down. If the switch is used, and packagekit does not
> work, then this should cause a warning or an error though.

a) The name of the service is supposed to be descriptive enough
b) Encase it's not we already provide the ability to point to the 
upstream documentation
c) This will slow down all containerized and virtualzation and 
monitoring system that might be using the status ouput for one thing or 

Bottom line what is the practical purpose of this since the 
administrator is the one that a runs the status output on the service so 
he's capable of a) determine the package by the name of the unit, gather 
it from either the man page or the documentation link or by querying the 
exact origin of the unit file using the package management installed on 
his system?

What's the justification for the latency and the resource overhead to 
provide this?


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