Re: Bug#587991: perl-policy: /etc/perl missing from Module Path
Dominic Hargreaves <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> There are a couple of other things which use /etc/perl, from only a
> brief look at the perl debian/changelog (/etc/perl/CPAN and
> /etc/perl/CPANPLUS). Those files are created by a local administrator
> (using the tools shipped).
Here's what I currently have, which hopefully also addresses Bill's
concerns. Does this look correct?
diff --git a/perl-policy.sgml b/perl-policy.sgml
index 626c514..0ef56f0 100644
@@ -128,17 +128,27 @@
- Perl searches three different locations for modules, referred
- to in this document as <var>core</var> in which modules
- distributed with Perl are installed, <var>vendor</var> for
- packaged modules and <var>site</var> for modules installed by
- the local administrator.
+ Perl searches four different locations for modules, referred to
+ in this document as <var>config</var> for system configuration
+ modules, <var>core</var> in which modules distributed with Perl
+ are installed, <var>vendor</var> for packaged modules,
+ and <var>site</var> for modules installed by the local
The module search path (<tt>@INC</tt>) in the Debian packages
has been ordered to include these locations in the following
+ Configuration modules (see <ref id="config_modules">).
@@ -395,6 +405,43 @@ $(MAKE) install DESTDIR=$(CURDIR)/debian/<tmp>
+ <sect id="config_files">
+ <heading>Configuration Files for Modules</heading>
+ Debian Perl module packages that include configuration files are
+ allowed (but not required) to put those configuration files
+ under <file>/etc/perl</file>. If this path is used for
+ configuration files, the configuration file must be installed
+ into a directory under <file>/etc/perl</file> named after the
+ module, with <tt>::</tt> changed to <tt>/</tt> following the
+ normal Perl rules for transforming Perl module names into paths.
+ For example, a configuration file for the XML::SAX module would
+ be installed in the directory <file>/etc/perl/XML/SAX</file>,
+ and a configuration file used by multiple Net::* modules would
+ be installed in the directory <file>/etc/perl/Net</file>.
+ <sect id="config_modules">
+ <heading>Configuration Modules</heading>
+ Some Perl packages load system-wide configuration from a
+ dedicated Perl module whose purpose is solely to contain
+ configuration settings. The module often contains only variable
+ settings. Such modules should be treated as configuration files
+ and installed under <file>/etc/perl</file>.
+ Debian packages must not install regular modules in this path.
+ It is reserved for configuration modules that follow the
+ semantics of configuration files as defined by Debian Policy, or
+ for configuration files for Perl modules as described
+ in <ref id="config_files">.
Russ Allbery (email@example.com) <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>