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Re: Should --sysconfdir=/etc/defaults/etc/?

On Fri, 2003-10-31 at 01:43, Gary R. Van Sickle wrote:
> Current packaging instructions at
> indicate that --sysconfdir should be set to "/etc".  Should this perhaps be
> changed to "/etc/defaults/etc", with the subsequent instruction that if your
> package actually has anything in sysconfdir, it should conditionally copy it to
> /etc if it doesn't already exist with a postinstall script[1]?

No. Programs built with /etc/defaults/etc may depend on their files
being there in use. However, having the defaults installed into 
/etc/defaults/etc is a good idea.

> [1] Setup wishlist item: Somehow tag files like this and integrate "replace if
> not exist else ask user if he wants to replace" functionality into setup,
> eliminating the need for disparate shell scripts and their possible disparate
> bugs.

Yah - thats one of the TODO's already, as both dpkg and rpm 'know about'
config files.

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