Subject: Re: /usr/pkg/etc vs. /etc
To: NetBSD Packages Technical Discussion List <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Computo Ergo Checksum <email@example.com>
Date: 12/10/1998 22:33:11
Greg A. Woods sez:
* > Actually, a pretty strong case COULD be made for this one, I think...
* Yes, one could argue for it, but only if you first make a rule that
* $LOCALBASE/etc can *not* be shared, since any sharing of ssh_host_key et
* al will cause grief and possibly open up a crevasse in SSH security.
* In theory the host key pair shouldn't change over the lifetime of the
* host, at least not without good reason to revoke them, and the argument
* was made that /etc was safer and more stable than /var for this purpose.
* (which I don't agree with, but....)
It's half of one and six doz...er, six of one and half a dozen of the
other, really. I'd actually place my bets on /etc than /var; why, I'm
not sure. Personal preference (things in /etc don't change (vary) much),
I guess (master.passwd notwithstanding).
* However I don't think there's any excuse for not keeping ssh_random_seed
* in /var/run except for the fact that it would then be the only ssh
* run-time file not in /etc....
perhaps under /etc/ssh, and keep the directory under lock and key.
...or isn't that how it's done now?
Sun could have remained quite profitable by staying with BSD-based OSs, and
they wouldn't have pissed off NEARLY as many customers.