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Re: config file handling

On Sat, Jul 04, 1998 at 01:47:33PM -0400, Adam P. Harris wrote:
> Shaleh <shaleh@livenet.net> writes:
> > I do not know where to tell the app to look.  However I do not feel that
> > the gtkrc qualifies as a conf file.  The app runs fine w/o it.  All a
> > gtkrc file does is change the color and pixmap used for appearance.  I
> > think /usr/share is fine here.  The FHS (which we are moving towards)
> > puts many things that could go to /etc in /usr/share.  And I like it (-:
> Whether or not an application runs *without* a file is not any sort of
> criteria for whether it is a conffile.  Rather, conffiles are files
> which are considered modifyiable by the sysadmin under *normal*
> circumstances, and in which you would like these local changes to be
> preserved across upgrades.
> That's the crucial thing to understand.  If the file is not recognized
> as a conffile by dpkg, then local changes will *not* be preserved
> across updates of the package.  If this is a bad state of affairs,
> then the file should be in /etc and marked as a conffile.

what is with the 'config'-files in /var/lists/* from smartlist.
This files are only modified by the sysadmin/listadmin. Some files in
/var/named/* are also config-files, or not?

Should we move this to debian-policy?


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