"Chatty" config files in /etc

Ruslan Ermilov ru at FreeBSD.org
Fri Sep 1 10:27:06 UTC 2006

On Thu, Aug 31, 2006 at 06:27:55PM -0400, Garance A Drosehn wrote:
> >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 John meant something different (not sure what), because
they cannot rot in the sense of being different from files in
/etc since they are installed from the same sources (and the
same src/etc/Makefile).

> >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
> >by default.
> 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.
Go for it, make the precedent!  :-)

Ruslan Ermilov
ru at FreeBSD.org
FreeBSD committer
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