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Re: What is /var/backups for?

On 03-Aug-02, 09:26 (CDT), Ben Collins <bcollins@debian.org> wrote: 
> On Sat, Aug 03, 2002 at 04:01:43PM +0200, Gerhard Poul wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > I found a directory called /var/backups on my debian system but haven't
> > found it described in the FHS. - Nobody of my debian-loving friends 
> > knew what this directory was either.
> > 
> > I hope some of you know what it is and have the time to share their wisdom.
> Packages can use it to save important data. Things like inetd.conf,
> passwd/group/shadow files, etc.

In particular, /etc/cron.daily/standard (part of the cron package) saves
/etc/{passwd,group,shadow,gshadow} and a copy /var/lib/dpkg/status.
Other packages must use it as well, since there are files there that
cron doesn't touch.

Steve Greenland

    The irony is that Bill Gates claims to be making a stable operating
    system and Linus Torvalds claims to be trying to take over the
    world.       -- seen on the net

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