Subject: Re: /var/cron -> /etc/cron
To: Gandhi woulda smacked you <>
From: Curt Sampson <>
List: current-users
Date: 04/10/1999 16:12:50
On Fri, 9 Apr 1999, Gandhi woulda smacked you wrote:

> I am still of the opinion that user EDITABLE files shouldn't be living 
> in /etc...

That's fine. I notice you've already moved named and will move
cron, if it ends up in /etc. You'll also want to move /etc/skeykeys
and the /etc/passwd set, and possibly /etc/mk.conf as well, if you
have one.

My point is not that it's unreasonable to ban user-edited files
from /etc, my point is that we've not done this to this point, and
that to do this breaks other principles of /etc vs /var that appear
to me to be more important.

In other words, I feel you're saying that the principle that
user-changable files not go in /etc is more important than the
principle that vital configuration information be put in /etc.
But you've not given me any compelling reason that this should be
what we encourage *all* NetBSD users to do, because we feel that
on the majority of systems out there this is a more important
requirement than making crontabs easily backed up.

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