Database Server Role Design Considerations

Stephen Gallagher sgallagh at
Tue Dec 9 14:50:06 UTC 2014

I'm looking into designing the plan for the Database Server Role (which
the Fedora Server WG previously agreed would be based on PostgreSQL).

One of the things we didn't really discuss in the PRD was whether we
would have a *requirement* for the Roles to have a GUI/WebUI management
console for configuring their services.

With the use of Cockpit for our top-level system GUI, I think it makes
sense that we would want to be able to have a link within Cockpit's UI
that takes us to the Role-specific web-based configuration tool. For the
Domain Controller, this link is obvious: it should go to the FreeIPA Web

For the Database Server, it's less clear-cut. PostgreSQL upstream does
not provide a "blessed" GUI/WebUI configuration tool for managing it.
Many exist and are provided by the project's very vibrant community. I
think we need to select one of these and consider making it a core part
of the Database Server role.

A (probably incomplete) list of potential tools are provided at

I'd like to recommend that for now we stick with one of the ones that is
already included in Fedora and are available via a web browser (not
requiring a desktop environment/X server). From a quick search, that
probably brings the list down to phpPgAdmin.

Does anyone on this list know of an alternative web-based tool that they
strongly prefer and would like to see us use (and possibly package, if
it's not already in Fedora)? I'd like to nail this down fairly soon.

My goal is to finish the design for the Database Server Role before the
holidays and spend January implementing it.

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