Re: /usr vs. root was: /etc /usr/etc
I don't think that this proposal is ready for a fiat/vote
resolution yet. We would need a little more detail IMHO. Could
someone, for example, detail which conf files should be moved to
/etc? Is there anyone in this forum that is on the FHS lists?
I think that a major flaw in this proposal is that the
division of conf files into machine local and site wide depends on
the site it self (is emacs configuration site wide? No, since only
the doc guys want to spend time setting up auctex and sgml. Is
papersize site wide? maybe, depends on what printers and paper sizes
are present and required). Who decides which file is site wide? What
happens if the local site disagrees?
Making the boot smaller when the non-essential config files
are less than 1Mb in size is not a good enough reason, seeing that it
would entail breaking FSSTND compliance.
The proposal is flawed, because it does not solve the problem
cleanly either (what if my site has a different idea about which
packages have local changes than Debian does? Do I have to change
conf files around?)
Also, as a sysadmin, I really liked to have the conf files for
all machines at a central location, and I used rdist. That allowed me
to group machines into categories (DCE client machines, Server
machines, file servers, print servers), allowed me the flexibility of
distributing the same printcap file to all print clients, while
having different fstab files; I could even have a cmmand execited
when I updated /etc/aliases.
I had modified rdist to use ssh rather than rsh based commands
(I also had a DCE based rdist), so security was not compromised.
This is a far better option for sysadmins than still having to
log on to machines to change machine local files (that rapidly gets
I think that cfengine may even work better, but I am no expert
I think that unless FHS says differently we should not change
anything for a partial solution.
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