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normality - definition of what types of normalities different users may
The normality configuration file has a rather simple syntax, as shown
in the diagram in the next section. Some things to remember is that the
normality file’s influence is inversely proportional to the user’s
cluefulness and that, in certain cirumstances, modification of the
normality file can and will be considered immoral.
<normality file> := <normality file> <line> |
<line> := <normality type> ’: ’ <userlist> |
<normality type> ’! ’ <userlist> |
<normality type> ’= ’ <normality tags> |
<normality type> := [A-Z][a-zA-Z0-9]+
<userlist> := <username> ’, ’ <userlist> ’;0 |
<normality tags> := <normality tag> ’, ’ <normality tags> ’;0 |
<normality tag> ’;0
<normality tag> := ’marriage’ |
<comment> := ’#’ .* ’0
It is expected that you specify all normality types before you start
assigning (or disassigning) users to (or from) them. That is so the
system can do an easier consistency check of the specification.
Let’s say that we have a system with three normality types, foo, bar
and gazonk and two users, cucumber and onion.
Now, a line like "foo! onion;" would exclude onion from having any of
the real-life things specified by the foo type, even if that (or those)
things appear in another normality type. So, the disallow syntax
overrides the allow syntax (specified by "<type>: <username>...").
There is always an implicit type named ‘‘all’’, that contains all
For all system administrators, you have an implicit rule, "all! asr".
# Normality file for a sad system
# Our users are onion, cucumber, jdoe, jrl and washu
animetype= love-relation, nice-job, friends, spare-time;
notworst= love-relation, nice-job, friends;
# All normality types we will use are declared
# Now let’s do the magic stuff...
all: jdoe, jrl;
# Now, this is fairly easy, OK?
WARNINGS AND BUGS
This file messes with the real world, so a bit of caution is
recommended. Newer versions of the chastise(3) library function
modifies this file on-the-fly.
Has a tendecy to create small discontinuities in the velvet of reality
whenever there are syntax errors in the normality file.
This sick idea was put down in *roff format by Ingvar Mattsson, as a
contribution to the alt.sysadmin.recovery man page collection.