Subject: Re: /etc/default
To: Szabolcs Szigeti (PinkPanther) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Greg A. Woods <email@example.com>
Date: 07/25/1995 10:32:24
[ On Mon, July 24, 1995 at 09:32:04 (+0200), Szabolcs Szigeti wrote: ]
> Subject: /etc/default
> What is the general view about this? Is it a Good or a Bad thing?
It's a XENIX thing that svr4 picked up. I'm not sure it's "Good", since
it's often used for things that it maybe shouldn't be, but I guess it's OK.
> I've just started to write a library routine which extracts all
> kinds of defaults. It is a bit different from the svr4 implementation.
Are not some of these defaults encoded in other ways in NetBSD? I'm
just thinking of the ways to avoid duplication of admin info....
> And while we are at svr4: I think some of the ideas there are worth
> taking a look at. One is the inittab stuff, the other is the nsswitch.
I've been planning to implement a SysV style init and use it to replace
all the /etc/rc* stuff. There are even some half-baked PD/freeware
implementations of init itself, so it's more a matter of writing up some
standard wrapper scripts and re-designing the start-up procedures.
Greg A. Woods
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