Subject: Re: /etc/default
To: None <current-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: der Mouse <mouse@Collatz.McRCIM.McGill.EDU>
Date: 07/26/1995 07:01:20
>> I do like the idea of having umpteen million scripts run at
>> boot-time, a la SysV, though.
> ...great minds think alike. I find that these things make it much
> easier to manage systems, because packages can install needed boot
> time support just by adding a file rather than by editing files
> (which is much harder and more prone to messyness.)
On the other hand, I hate that sort of "automated" installation,
because it always gets something wrong...anything from assuming it's
being installed in /usr/local/<package-name> to assuming the C library
lives in /usr/lib/libc.*. When faced with something with an
"automated" installation procedure, I usually pick apart the install
script, figure out what it's trying to do, and then do that. In some
cases I fix the install script, in some cases I do it by hand.
Thus, I look upon the traditional-BSD way as an advantage, because it
discourages attempts to automate installation that way.