Subject: Re: /var/cron -> /etc/cron
To: David Maxwell <>
From: Simon Burge <>
List: current-users
Date: 04/07/1999 08:27:29
David Maxwell wrote:

> > Why is this change necessary?  IMHO, it isn't.  Leave it alone, there
> > are more important things to worry about.
> Why was /etc/rc.conf created? Because it consolidates configuration
> into one place.
> hier(7) says
> /var/    multi-purpose log, temporary, transient, and spool files
> Which doesn't fit semi-permanent user-configuration files.

A quick look through /var on one of my systems shows:

	/var/mail/*			[*]

Should all of these be moved to /etc too?  Maybe hier(7) just needs

If the issue is "I don't want to back up all of /var", then our dump(8)
has support command-line list of files and directories to dump for a
while now (my 1.3.3 system has this).

ps: I'm in the "keep /var/cron there camp" :-)  My main reasoning is
keep the root filesystem quiet - that way it's got less of a chance of
getting corrupted during crashes, etc.  These days I set up my systems
with /, /var and "data" partitions like /home, etc.

[*] /var/mail/* could be called "temporary" files by some user's