Subject: Re: Packages touching /etc/services
To: None <>
From: Gavan Fantom <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 06/20/2006 18:56:59 wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 20, 2006 at 11:37:08AM +0100, Gavan Fantom wrote:
>>     - if the sysadmin has requested that /etc/services not be touched,
>>       fall back to displaying a message advising of the necessity of the
>>       change.
> What about adding it commentented out instead?

pkgsrc should not be touching files in /etc *at all* if the sysadmin
doesn't want it to.

It's entirely conceivable that /etc is centrally administrated, kept in
cvs, or one of many other things. If the sysadmin wants to manage /etc
manually, pkgsrc has no business making *any* changes to files there.

So, let's have the option to leave the file alone and print a message
instead. Please.

Gillette - the best a man can forget