Re: Resolutions to comments on LSB-FHS-TS_SPEC_V1.0
- To: rgrimes@GndRsh.aac.dev.com (Rodney W. Grimes)
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- Subject: Re: Resolutions to comments on LSB-FHS-TS_SPEC_V1.0
- From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Alan Cox)
- Date: Sat, 30 Jan 1999 19:14:04 +0000 (GMT)
- Message-id: <m106fqH-0007U1C@the-village.bc.nu>
- In-reply-to: <199901301759.JAA07936@GndRsh.aac.dev.com> from "Rodney W. Grimes" at Jan 30, 99 09:59:04 am
> Technical reasons for making the change;
> a. Compatibility with the majority of existing unix systems.
Incompatibility with the majority of Linux systems. Incompatibility
with the majority of Linux packages.
> b. See a. It can not be stressed enough. If FHS is ever to get OUT
> of the Linux camp it's going to have to cause Linux to look more
> like other unix systems and less like Linux.
Thats an argument for saying "there are these symlinks. We specify no
more". Not for changing
> c. Removal of the special case for Linux in many public domain/freeware
> software, though this should already be handled via paths.h if the
> application is written with portability considerations.
Those applications are already present
> d. BSD based systems basically made this same change over 15 years
> ago. It was no real big deal. /usr/spool -> /var/spool, then
/var/spool was done by Sun and for very big technical reasons - sharable
You still don't have a leg to stand on.
Now something more productive.
These are the points being recycled
a) People want to put their mail where they like it.
b) Where you put mail is application dependant
FHS 2.0 has mandated /var/mail, the entire vendor population regards it
as unacceptable hassle to change, as does the user base in general.
In some environments /var/mail helps compatibility with nonLinux
I'd like to propose that for now the FHS is changed to read
"The mail spool area location is undefined. It is guaranteed that both
/var/mail and /var/spool/mail point to this mail spool area if the system
has a mail spool. The preferred reference name is /var/mail.
[Rationale: /var/mail is the only name available on some other modern Unix
platforms. /var/spool/mail is the older Linux tradition and needed for
[Rationale2: The physical location of the mail spool is not relevant to
an application and is administrator policy. It is thus left open.]
Can everyone live with that and bury the thread