Re: /etc getting big
Ethan Benson <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> > Of course not 'all over the place' I didn't even mention such thing.
> > But i still don't think /var/config/ is against FHS. Except: "/etc
> > contains configuration files and directories that are specific to the
> > current system." At least X11 link in /etc is accepted.
> the FHS says you can't just make up new directories and toss them in
FHS-2.2 is very reasonable: "Applications must generally not add
directories to the top level of /var. Such directories should only be
added if they have some system-wide implications, and in consultation
with the FHS mailing list."
> > aproaches 300. Is this really best possible organization? I have now
> $ ls -l /usr/bin | wc -l
/usr/bin is automatically maintained. /etc is not. For a computer
program it is easiest to have everything in one place. For a human
some kind of grouping would be better.
> whats your point? /etc grows as you install packages needing global
> configuration files, reduce bloat on your system in general and you
> reduce /etc too.
True. Average OS size is much bigger now, because cheap computers can
do things which were impossible 10 years ago. Growth will continue.
Also big disks make it possible to install programs which are probably
> > 58 MB '/' (55% full) It should be big enough for a while. My first
> > Linux computer had only 75 MB disk space. Of course i can live with
> > this. I only have to remember to double '/' every time i change my
> > disk drive.
> this is an exaggeration.
Not much, I forgot that my 2. disk was 120 MB. I have not changed my
disk drive every year and when I installed my first Linux, kernel
source did fit into one floppy. % of available software i have
installed could be same now as it was then:) Of course largest growth
has been in /lib/modules.
> what would go in /var/etc or /var/config whatever, as opposed to /etc?
/etc should have files for booting, login, basic network, basic
security and time setup. I also added cron*. I think it belongs to
backbone of Unix. This list probably has mistakes:
ae.rc (because ae is in /bin/)
List of everything else is probably too long for public mailing list.
I'll send by mail if somebody is interested.