Re: /usr vs. root was: /etc /usr/etc
Manoj Srivastava writes:
> I don't think that this proposal is ready for a fiat/vote
> resolution yet. We would need a little more detail IMHO.
> someone, for example, detail which conf files should be moved to
I think we can set up 3 categories:
a - the ones everybody agrees to but into /etc
b - the ones everybody agrees to but into /usr/etc
c - the ones we can't agree
Not much problem for a/b; if a very particular system needs it, it can
be overriden with diversions (at least a->b); as the solutions I
propose (/looking in /etc, the in /usr/etc) make it easy to locally
transform b into a, I suggest to handle c as b.
(jsut a raw proposition, though; might need refinement :)
> 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?
> 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
please expose this solution in details; then people not aware of it
can take part to the discussion :)
> I think that unless FHS says differently we should not change
> anything for a partial solution.
So let's try to un-partialize this solution :)
Yann Dirson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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