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Author: chillfan
CC: dng
Subject: Re: [DNG] new freedesktop "standard": /etc/machine-id
For me the short answer is that I very much dislike this and would prefer not to have it.

There was an open issue in my git repo about performance issues relating to 'machine id' and pulse when dbus is not available. The person reporting it provided a hackish work around and I later asked them to file this as a bug with debian. Not sure if Debian got a bug report, and it was a while ago so I'm not sure if it can be reproduced now.

I think it's generally better if we can do without it so that things work as expected when users decide not to use dbus, pulse, etc.

That's my two cents on that anyway.



‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐
On Friday, March 8, 2019 12:47 PM, Jaromil <jaromil@???> wrote:

> re all,

> any thoughts about this new systemd-made thing that freedesktop
> immediately "standardized" (whatever is their procedure for that,
> likely smoking cigars among old-boys or so)
> https://www.freedesktop.org/software/systemd/man/machine-id.html

> its easy to replace by a script of course that's not the problem (the
> manpage suggests to use a systemd application for that, not a joke!)
> but I'm curious if anyone has some background and thoughts about this

> AFAIK chromium started checking it and its absence on Devuan Beowulf
> is reported as an error, so we may have to work around this.

> but first things first: do we want /etc/machine-id? and how?

> ciao

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