Ron Johnson <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes: > Joey Hess wrote: >> Linas ?virblis wrote: >>> Let us imagine someone decides to introduce package X that contains a >>> lot of files (let us say 50) in "/usr/lib" and half of them are dot >>> files. And what about shipping hidden directories? Would such packages >>> be accepted into Debian? >> >> I've had packages in Debian with more dotfiles than that in /usr/lib >> (although only perhaps 5% of the total file count). > > Just my humble opinion, but hidden system files just smacks of the > Sony DRM rootkit debacle. > > Just as /etc/bashrc is not hidden, whereas ~/.bashrc is, *why* > should any *system* files be hidden? IMO dotfiles are a historical artifact which we are stuck with. If we were just starting today, I'm sure we would be using ~/etc/bashrc rather than ~/.bashrc so the user's files match the standard locations. It's logical, simple, and would make many things easier. While historical reasons are acceptable for users' dotfiles, I remain to be convinced that there is a logical rationale for them in any system location, or even anywhere under $HOME except the root. Regards, Roger -- Roger Leigh Printing on GNU/Linux? http://gutenprint.sourceforge.net/ Debian GNU/Linux http://www.debian.org/ GPG Public Key: 0x25BFB848. Please sign and encrypt your mail.
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