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Re: /etc getting big

On Fri, 18 May 2001, David Spreen wrote:

> On Thu, May 17, 2001 at 02:44:19PM -0800, Ethan Benson wrote:
> > if the file is in /etc then the admin must be allowed to modify it
> > however they want.  if the file cannot be edited in that manner (or
> > your tool will silently destroy the admin's changes) and is
> > machine/host depenent then it belongs in /var, probably /var/lib.
> The admin is allowed, it's masochistic, but he is allowed, he has to
> care ebout the synthax, he has to know the inode-numbers of the files he wants
> to protect but he is allowed.

Oh, but an admin is also allowed to modify stuff in /var/cache/debconf, in
/var/lib/mysql and some will even hexedit binaries I'm certain. But IMHO
it's not the extreme cases that should dictate policy.

             Tomas Pospisek
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