Re: It's Huntin' Season
>>"Thomas" == Thomas Bushnell, BSG <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
Thomas> Manoj Srivastava <email@example.com> writes:
>> I would also like to state that start files are used as a
>> convenient vehicle to add site wide configuration to emacs packages,
>> and this is a feature that I would strongly oppose being taken away
>> from the end user.
Thomas> When I install an emacsy package, I expect that the Right Thing will
Thomas> go into site-start.d, and if I want to override what it does, I do so
Thomas> in exactly the same way I do for those things that were part of GNU
Thomas> Emacs itself: I set variable in my .emacs file.
Umm. Except that I think that giving users more choice --
giving the sysadmin a choice about setting local site defaults can
only be good.
Thomas> Surely, anytime a site-start.d file is setting variables, it
Thomas> should do so in such a way that the user can set them himself
Thomas> in .emacs and have the Right Thing happen.
That is on a per user basis. I may have things I want done on
my machine that work for _all_ users -- hay. my machine, my rules,
Thomas> But the provision of the default, that is not necessarily a
Thomas> configuration option. (Just as, for example, those things
Thomas> compiled into a program are not configurations.)
It all comes down to whether allowing (and preserving) local
changes to these configuraion options is a good thing or not.
I vote for things staying under /etc, and being configuration files.
A hypothetical paradox: What would happen in a battle between an
Enterprise security team, who always get killed soon after appearing,
and a squad of Imperial Stormtroopers, who can't hit the broad side
of a planet? Tom Galloway
Manoj Srivastava <firstname.lastname@example.org> <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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