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Re: It's Huntin' Season

On Tue, Feb 05, 2002 at 01:35:37PM -0600, Steve Langasek wrote:
> At issue here is whether a startup script really counts as a 
> configuration file.  If a script is in /usr, we don't expect local 
> changes to be preserved on upgrade.  I don't believe that init scripts 
> meet the definition of a configuration file by any stretch of the 
> imagination.  Still, we have to face the truth that many users will 
> think they can edit these files simply on the basis that they're located 
> in /etc, a conclusion they arrive at by reading our policy and the FHS.  
> Now, this may be a /flawed/ conclusion, but in the real world, many 
> users aren't going to distinguish between "All configuration files are 
> in /etc" and "All files in /etc/ are configuration files".  Which means 
> any maintainer /not/ tagging a file in /etc as a conffile is sooner or
> later going to have to deal with upset users filing bugs about it.

FYI, I HAVE edited files in /etc/init.d/.  Whether or not policy
requires it, it's useful behavior.

Adam Olsen, aka Rhamphoryncus

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