Subject: Re: /usr/pkg/etc vs. /etc
To: Dr. Lex Wennmacher <wennmach@geo.Uni-Koeln.DE>
From: Curt Sampson <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 12/11/1998 13:17:05
On Fri, 11 Dec 1998, Dr. Lex Wennmacher wrote:

> We distinguish between per-pkg config files and per-host config files. Per-pkg
> config files would typically be installed into $(PREFIX)/etc and $(PREFIX)/var
> while per-host config files would be installed into /etc and /var.
> ssh_host_key is an example for a per-host file.

What's an example of a per-package config file?

If such a thing does exist, I'd propose it go under the share
directory that we already have.

I don't see the need for an etc anywhere but /etc.  It's taken us
a decade to get all of our configuration information in one place
(remember how much used to be under /usr/lib?); why start undoing
that work now?

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