svn commit: r197065 - in stable/8: etc/defaults lib/libc/stdlib sys/amd64/conf sys/i386/conf sys/ia64/conf sys/pc98/conf sys/powerpc/conf sys/sparc64/conf

Ken Smith kensmith at cse.Buffalo.EDU
Thu Sep 10 14:32:39 UTC 2009

On Thu, 2009-09-10 at 10:23 -0400, John Baldwin wrote:
> > --- stable/8/etc/defaults/rc.conf     Thu Sep 10 13:20:27 2009        (r197064)
> > +++ stable/8/etc/defaults/rc.conf     Thu Sep 10 14:04:00 2009        (r197065)
> > @@ -549,7 +549,7 @@ lpd_flags=""              # Flags to lpd (if enabled
> >  nscd_enable="NO"     # Run the nsswitch caching daemon.
> >  chkprintcap_enable="NO"      # Run chkprintcap(8) before running lpd.
> >  chkprintcap_flags="-d"       # Create missing directories by default.
> > -dumpdev="AUTO"               # Device to crashdump to (device name, AUTO, or NO).
> > +dumpdev="NO"         # Device to crashdump to (device name, AUTO, or NO).
> >  dumpdir="/var/crash" # Directory where crash dumps are to be stored
> >  savecore_flags=""    # Used if dumpdev is enabled above, and present.
> >  crashinfo_enable="YES"       # Automatically generate crash dump summary.
> Are we sure we want to change this?  It is set to "AUTO" in stable/7.

It has been pointed out to me on the mailing lists that leaving it on
for stable/7 was an oversight, it is off on previous branches.

I can understand the motivation for it.  In a data center full of
production machines crash dumps cause reboots to take longer and
potentially cause disk space issues.  In those sorts of environments
it's best if by *default* the crash dumps don't happen and if an admin
finds they need it they turn it on.

This is one of those "There is no right answer" things...

                                                Ken Smith
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