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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.  

If they are not intended to be edited, then why do we store them in /etc?
FHS doesn't seem to require it (in fact I couldn't see any mention
of init.d at all).

There is good reason to edit them on occasion, therefore they
must be configuration files. IMHO, of course.

Hamish Moffatt VK3SB <hamish@debian.org> <hamish@cloud.net.au>

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