Subject: Re: Suggestion: keep binary data out of /etc
To: Tom Ivar Helbekkmo <>
From: Frederick Bruckman <>
List: current-users
Date: 02/04/1999 13:48:49
On 4 Feb 1999, Tom Ivar Helbekkmo wrote:

> One of the things I like about the new directory scheme is that
> configuration stuff goes in /etc, without any binaries being there.
> This means that I can quickly "grep something /etc/*", and generally
> find what I'm looking for, without risking lots of binary output.
> However, aliases.db, pwd.db and spwd.db are there, and sometimes I'll
> get a match in one of those, resulting in a deluge of garbage.  Would
> it be a good idea to keep those files in, say, /var/db instead?

I also have a genericstable.db and virtusertable.db on a couple of
machines. To move those would require our sendmail build to diverge
sharply from other Un*xen.