[lug] System configuration files

Jeff Schroeder jeff at neobox.net
Tue Jul 29 16:24:52 MDT 2003

Paul wrote:

> Debian has a policy on how files on disk should be organized. There
> is a document that describes the policy and offers a lot of reasoning
> as to why various ways of doing things are good or bad. Nothing
> religious; very well reasoned.

Thanks for the link.  This is the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard I 
mentioned in my original post, so I don't think it's Debian-specific-- 
they just include a copy on their web site.

I agree that it's well-reasoned, even including provisions for "legacy" 
software like X11 that breaks some of the rules.  Because so many other 
packages depend on X being in a certain place, the FHS "allows" it.

However, it still isn't clear (to me, anyway) whether the FHS would 
prefer /etc or /var for this sort of thing...


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