Re: /etc /usr/etc: solution?
On Sat, 5 Jul 1997, Alex Yukhimets wrote:
> > So you want me to "move them back and delete them here" just because you
> > "really don't want to copy conffiles into /etc every time you install a
> > new program" ?!
> > I also happen to be a sysadm. and the reason in the 1st place I considered
> > moving from Slackware to an other distribution was the scatering of the
> > conffiles (slackware have conffiles in /etc, /usr/lib, /var/lib, etc...)
> > I think having conffiles outside /etc:
[various reasons deleted]
> I can't agree more.
> I just don't understand the reason why this thread is so active. I
> can't beleive so many people experienced the problems of poor sysadmin
> over the network of 100's hosts with NFS mounted /usr, who prefer to
> write tons of messages instead of simple script to automate hard task
> of updating /etc on different machines.
> (Sorry Vadim if this offends you, I don't mean it. This is just the
> level of my understanding.)
It doesn't offend me. I don't admin large networks Debian systems
yet, although it might change soon. I just think that one of the
reasons to keep conffiles in /usr is what you argued against, and
another one is that any Unix system must keep its root partition (and,
therefore, /etc) as small as possible. And regarding many people: I
think there already were people who disgarded Debian because of it.
Unix IMO is primarily for networked environments. And I don't think
the change I propose will do so much harm to users who have only one
Debian machine at home.
> We do have the problems which would affect all of us though.
> What is that story of compiling package in -altdev environment using
> altgcc with result depending on libc6 libraries? (Joost ? )
Huh, this one will soon disappear, after everyone will go libc6. It
doesn't belong to this thread, tho...
> This might be much more important in current situation, 'cause
> it would affect ALL users and not only large network sysadmins.
I don't want to think what is more or less important. I just say is
that our goal is to build a free Unix, and in Unix, there are things
that just belong to /usr. And let's move them there.
I don't want to offend you, either, and excuse me if I did.
Vadim Vygonets * email@example.com * firstname.lastname@example.org * Unix admin
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