Re: How can I modify /etc/inittab?
On Sun, Sep 11, 2005 at 08:38:16PM -0400, Joe Smith wrote:
> "Justin Pryzby" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> >On Mon, Sep 12, 2005 at 08:51:09AM +1000, Ben Finney wrote:
> >>On 11-Sep-2005, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh wrote:
> >>> On Fri, 09 Sep 2005, Joe Smith wrote:
> >>> Yes. But AFAIK there are absolutely no plans to provide an
> >>> interface for ANY package to touch /etc/inittab. Screwing it up is
> >>> so utterly callous, that one would have to be out of his mind to
> >>> encourage any package to attempt to "auto configure" anything inside
> >>> /etc/inittab.
> >>Yet it is a configuration file with a simple, well-defined format;
> >>surely such a tool is conceivable? Would you recommend against using
> >>it, regardless of its merits, if it did exist?
> >As noted, automated changes to this file are explicitly disallowed by
> >policy. However, _non_automated changes are not.
> Actually because it is not a conffile, it can be automatically changed if
> and only if the the change is performed via a well-defined interface (ie a
> proigram or library call). The argument is if such an interface should
> exist for this file.
Correct; my statement was specific to /etc/inittab as it exists now,
without such an interface.