DragonFly commits List (threaded) for 2008-02
Re: cvs commit: src/etc/dma Makefile
Simon 'corecode' Schubert <email@example.com> wrote:
> Johannes Hofmann wrote:
>> Matthias Schmidt <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>> * Matthew Dillon wrote:
>>>> Use the defaults mechanism. /etc/<blah> overriides /etc/defaults/<blah>.
>>>> /etc/defaults/<blah> is owned by the build system, /etc/<blah> is owned
>>>> by the user.
>>> This is fine for system config files containing a lot of entries. If we
>>> start to introduce this for every daemon/$whatever we end up with a
>>> mess of default files. I agree with Simon and would vote for a more
>>> sophisticated solution which involves merging the differences or
>>> something similar to that.
>> I like the simple /etc/defaults/ mechanism a lot. It works and is easy to
>> understand. Why do you think more files in /etc/defaults/ would create a mess?
>> I'd say it's much cleaner than any automated config file merging.
> Because you'd have to modify every single program to read defaults from
> one place and overrides from another. Most programs/configs don't work
> this way.
Ok that's for existing programs. For those one
could perhaps create the actual config file from both, the system provided
file in /etc/defaults/ and the user provided file in /etc/?
That would avoid having files that are touched by the system and the user.