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Re: /etc/localtime (was: Re: ca-certificates symlinks out of /etc)

On Tue, Oct 31, 2006 at 05:22:27PM -0300, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh wrote:
> On Tue, 31 Oct 2006, Alex Pennace wrote:
> > I'm surprised your report missed one of the most established
> > configuration symlinks of them all: /etc/localtime. I'm pointing that
> > out in particular because it has been around for as long as I can
> > remember, and serves its configuration function by pointing somewhere
> > under /usr/share.
> That symlink is a bug from the very depths of foul-smelling lands, which we
> have fortunately squished for Sid and Etch.  It is gone, and good riddance
> to it.  May the Grue feast on the innards of anyone trying to bring that bug
> back to life.

I failed to check an etch system when I wrote the referenced

> > All these symlinks allow programs to easily grab data and
> > configuration in one step. A program can open /etc/localtime and know
> > it is getting an up-to-date timezone file for the local timezone.
> Yes, it is also shortsighted like all heck to symlink data out of / when you
> need it available in early userspace initialization, period.

I see that now. Local time is important. But 95% of the other
configuration symlinks are useful.

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