preferred place for system-wide config files

Matthew Seaman m.seaman at
Wed May 19 07:53:01 UTC 2010

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On 19/05/2010 24:18:13, Anonymous wrote:
> This doesn't concern only portmaster. As I've mentioned previously
> xorg-server, subversion and git don't install any config file (not even
> in share/examples) but still look for it inside PREFIX not LOCALBASE.
> In other words almost any GNU_CONFIGURE port that doesn't install config
> files. I've yet to see someone modify SYSCONFDIR for such ports.

Err... xorg-server looks in about half a dozen different likely places
for a config file.  Traditionally I've put it in /etc/X11 (which is
wrong according to ports rules, but it works).  You could put it in
/usr/local/etc/X11 or /usr/local/lib/X11/ to be more hier(7) compliant,
and it would work there too.

svn is even less predictable: the config files for each repo -- and
there may be many repos -- live within the directory structure of the
repo itself.  Repos can be put just about anywhere within the filesystem.

No idea about git -- I guess it behaves much the same as svn.

Sometimes you just aren't going to be able to apply a simple heuristic
to find a port's config files.  It's all part of life's rich tapestry.



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