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common, FHS-compliant, default document root for the various web servers

[ adding -policy to Cc: ]

On Wed, Nov 04, 2009 at 04:08:02PM +0100, Holger Levsen wrote:
> Uhm, why postpone this so long? I'd hope we could find a consensus quite soon. 
> Then, we might not be able to fix _all_ web apps until squeeze, but at least 
> tthose few with dir-or-file-in-var-www :-)

I see it a tad more complicate than you, let's hope its me
overestimating the task :-)

- the agreement actually should not come among web app maintainers, but
  rather among web *server* maintainers: they should agree over a
  specific dir and change the default configuration of the web server so
  that that dir is the document root (for the default vhost, for web
  servers supporting vhosts)

  * possibly, migrating to that would require offering migration paths
    to package users

- then you might start migrating web apps packages so that they install
  (static) stuff under that dir, preserving the per-package path as
  detailed in the webapps-common policy

- then, the rule should go into policy (possibly under §9.1.1, has an
  exception to FHS, not sure about the section though) and that can't
  happen before due to the usual practice-should-predate-policy

If it were me to try to achieve this, I would go for a DEP to keep track
of consensus, ... but no, I'm not willing to drive this, at least not
now :-)


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