On Sun, Jul 20, 2008 at 07:32:33PM +0200, Carl Fürstenberg wrote: > On Sun, Jul 20, 2008 at 16:34, Stephen Gran <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > > This one time, at band camp, Carl Fürstenberg said: > >> FHS 2.3 specifies in > >> http://www.pathname.com/fhs/pub/fhs-2.3.html#SRVDATAFORSERVICESPROVIDEDBYSYSTEM > >> to use /srv for "Data for services provided by this system", for > >> example /srv/www for web root. > >> In the policy, the section > >> 9.1.1(http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/ch-opersys.html#s9.1.1) > >> specifies that FHS 2.3 is mandatory, except for some exception, and > >> the use of /var/www isn't included in that list. > >> > >> Should we force all httpd:s to use /srv/www instead of /var/www, or > >> should an exception to the policy be added? Per > >> http://wiki.debian.org/Apache2LennyGoals it states that apache2 has > >> support for /srv/www, but it's still defaulting to /var/www. > > > > Please no. The layout of /srv/ is specifically said to be undetermined, > > so we can't actually rely on any paths in /srv/. I think the current > > setup is fairly good, actually - by default simple site layouts work out > > of the box, and don't interfere with more complicated setups that are > > free to use arbitrary hierarchies in /srv. > > > > Cheers, > > > > > > So you "vote" for an exemption from FSH in this case, as per 9.1.1? I believe he's claiming that there is no exemption needed, and I agree. Quoting from the URL you provided: <quote> Purpose /srv contains site-specific data which is served by this system. </quote> To me "site-specific" implies "not installed by the package manager". I believe it's quite reasonable for apache, CVS, etc. to set up a default location under /var so long as the local administrator can configure them to use whichsoever path is preferred according to local policy. The footnote implying that distributions MAY install files under /srv is very far from a SHOULD. I think by far the easiest way for Debian to "take care not to remove locally placed files" is to never but things there in the first place.
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