Keep Your Damn Process Management out of My Software Packages!

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Anyway, I get paid the aeron chair money to manage software releases for a giant internet company. We push packages out to thousands of servers on pretty much a daily basis. I've learned a few things about large scale software packaging along the way. Today's topic of discussion: process management.

There's a natural tendency to conflate software packaging and process management. After all, if you install a package, you probably want to actually run the enclosed software, right? If this is a server then your software package is probably a service that

describe why including process management in software packages is a terrible idea, suggest alternatives.

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