normality - definition of what types of normalities different users may have.
configuration file has a rather simple syntax, as shown in
the diagram in the next section. Some things to remember is that the
file's influence is inversely proportional to the user's
cluefulness and that, in certain cirumstances, modification of the
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
and two users, cucumber
Now, a line like " foo
;" would exclude
from having any of the real-life things specified by the
type, even if that (or those) things appear in another normality
type. So, the disallow syntax overrides the allow syntax (specified by
There is always an implicit type named `` all
'', that contains all
For all system administrators, you have an implicit rule, "all!
# 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?
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
Has a tendecy to create small discontinuities in the velvet of reality whenever
there are syntax errors in the normality
This sick idea was put down in *roff format by Ingvar Mattsson, as a
contribution to the alt.sysadmin.recovery
man page collection.