"Chatty" config files in /etc
Garance A Drosehn
gad at FreeBSD.org
Thu Aug 31 22:27:59 UTC 2006
At 5:21 PM -0400 8/31/06, John Baldwin wrote:
>On Thursday 31 August 2006 16:09, Garance A Drosehn wrote:
> > At 8:48 AM -0400 8/31/06, John Baldwin wrote:
> > >
>> >This is already spelled /usr/share/examples/etc in FreeBSD.
>> Actually, as it stands right now that is not quite the same
>> thing. Right now /usr/share/examples/etc holds *exact copies*
>> of the files we install in /etc, for the reasons as described
>> in /usr/share/examples/etc/README.examples :
>I was thinking of /usr/share/examples/ppp (I thought it had
>been under /usr/share/examples/etc/ppp). Having
>/usr/share/examples/etc in its current form really isn't all
>that useful as for one thing it has rotted a bunch.
Hmm. I am not sure that it has rotted all that much. The list
of files might not be complete, but I've done a 'diff' between
the files in there and files under /etc, and they all seem to
be exactly the same. (done on 6.x-stable under PPC, not i386)
>I think instead that we should repurpose it for expanded
>versions of files.
I have no objection to this. I do think it is kinda nice to
have it the way it is, but I have no objection if others feel it
should be changed. I did find it a little confusing to have
both /usr/share/examples/pf and /usr/share/examples/etc/pf.conf .
>The current format of /etc/printcap should be an example
>file for example (it fits with /usr/share/examples/ppp style)
>and I think we shouldn't even have an /etc/printcap installed
As the maintainer of lpr, I'd say that I want some /etc/printcap
to exist. I just want it to be a very short file, with almost
no comments. Almost all of the comments in the current version
should be moved to a separate "examples" file.
Garance Alistair Drosehn = drosehn at rpi.edu
Senior Systems Programmer or gad at FreeBSD.org
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Troy, NY; USA
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