"Chatty" config files in /etc

Helge Oldach helge.oldach at atosorigin.com
Thu Aug 31 11:39:54 UTC 2006

Sergey Babkin:
>>From: Tom Rhodes <trhodes at FreeBSD.org>
>>> I think they should be moved to /usr/share/examples/etc/ (like
>>> make.conf), with files in /etc/ representing good (short) defaults
>>> with a minimum of comments and probably references to examples.
>I don't think anything should be moved, nor "chattiness" removed.
>It's a great convenience, to find the examples right in
>the config file, and one of the great things about FreeBSD.

Absolutely, I fully agree, backed by FreeBSD sysadmin experience since

IMHO mergemaster provides a great tool to properly deal with upgrades of
such "default" files, particularly since the addition of the -U option.


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