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Re: Changing the default document root for HTTP server

On 15.04.2012 04:23, Russ Allbery wrote:
> I'd like us to consider switching to /var/lib/www for FHS compliance.
> This does have the significant drawback of breaking backward compatibility
> to at least some extent, but it's FHS-compliant (or at least is as good as
> we're going to get for a default).

I do not think /var/lib would be any better than /var/www in respect to
FHS compatibility. Note, /var/lib is defined as directory which holds
"state information pertaining to an application or the system. State
information is data that programs modify while they run, and that
pertains to one specific host. Users must never need to modify files in
/var/lib to configure a package's operation" [1].

This does not really qualify for documents served through HTTP which are
neither vital or relevant to the web server itself, nor would it add any
state to a running web server. On the other hand that may well be data
which is to be modified (or even supplied) by the user. Likewise I find
the data directory used by MySQL for example (/var/lib/mysql) wrong -
but I personally do not intend to address that, too.

I have no strong opinion on any particular directory, but I do not see
why /var/lib/www would be better than /var/www/. Please let me know if I
missed something here.


with kind regards,
Arno Töll
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