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What is etc/mtree/NetBSD.dist for?

Can someone tell me what this file is for? The comment at the top of it just warns against editing it.

All I can see is that this file causes problems. Entries in it must be present on the system, so they can't be made conditional in the sets lists in distrib/sets/lists. This in turn leads to a whole lot of empty directories. e.g. When I compile with MKSHARE=no, I expect to not see anything in /usr/share. Instead I see lots of empty directories. There seem to ongoing problems where developers fail to keep the sets and NetBSD.dist in sync. Since each set has it's own mtree listing, I can't see an obvious use for NetBSD.dist.

IMHO This doesn't reflect the quality of engineering that NetBSD users aspire to.


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