HELP needed by experienced porter for simple review

Paul Schmehl pauls at
Thu Dec 6 09:45:16 PST 2007

--On Thursday, December 06, 2007 13:34:05 +0100 GP <godpost at> 
> rc.conf
> It's a shame that I can't use a script placed in /files to change rc.conf
> during install/
> deinstall. I really liked that. But i guess I will settle with a dull
> pkg-message at the
> end, like the rest of you...
Well, no, it's not a shame.  The last thing we want to do as a community is 
enable all sorts of daemons that users don't know they have enabled.  It's 
up to the owner of a box to enable a daemon **in the way** that they want 
it enabled.  For example, *none* of the daemons on my workstation listen 
for connections on its IP address - only on localhost.  If you enabled the 
daemon by default while installing the script, and I didn't have time to 
config it the way I wanted, and it got started (either by accident or by 
reboot) I would be pissed (not to mention possibly hacked.)

As porters our job is to make the software available for install *not* 
decide how or when it will be used.

Paul Schmehl (pauls at
Senior Information Security Analyst
The University of Texas at Dallas

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