Why /usr/local/etc???

Robert Huff roberthuff at rcn.com
Sun Aug 24 01:49:43 UTC 2008

Gary Kline writes:

>  	This may have been covered too-often before, buy why can't
>  	*everything* related to /etc hang off "/etc"?  I can create a
>  	symlink in /etc to /usr/local/etc named "loc" or "local".  
>  	Thing is, why this isn't done by default?

	Very short version:
	/etc = stuff installed by FreeBSD
	/usr/local/ete = stuff installed by third-party applications

	The exception is the _ENABLE variables for those third-party
applications, which go in /etc/rc.conf so they can be started at
system boot.

				Robert Huff

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