"Chatty" config files in /etc

Daniel O'Connor doconnor at gsoft.com.au
Thu Aug 31 02:35:40 UTC 2006

On Thursday 31 August 2006 10:12, Garance A Drosehn wrote:
> These are files which have "too many" helpful comments or examples
> in them, and which I have to modify on every single machine I ever
> bring up.  So *every* time one of these changes, I have to stop and
> stare at the diff in the mergemaster step, and 99% of the time the
> change is just to fix or improve some comment.  And in many cases,
> the change is to some line that I remove in my custom copy.  Now
> all of those changes seem to be good changes, but they are still
> an annoyance when it comes to merging in my local changes.

This is yet another reason why etcmerge (3 way merge) is more useful for 
updating configuration files.

That said I agree that moving the example files to where examples should live 
is a good idea.

Daniel O'Connor software and network engineer
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