Subject: Re: Moving /var/cron/tabs
To: None <email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear <email@example.com>
Date: 12/19/1998 16:12:03
* Greg A. Woods wrote:
* ] I think some people feel that almost everything in /var is "expendable"
* ] to some degree where as configuration files of any kind are not (and I
* ] even agree with this feeling in some circumstances). In order to
* ] satisfy that requirement one must move /var/cron/tabs out out /var.
* I'd like to second this. There is should be no reason that a system
* should not be able to just create /var dynamicly at boot type (mfs).
Able to, maybe. As status quo, no. /var holds too many thing like
mail and, albeit a separate filesystem, news.
Hell, while we're at it, why don't we just rip the guts out of hier(7),
rewrite it and make root mfs, or populate it with a bunch of symlinks
to the real /etc, /dev, /bin and /sbin. Never have to worry about a
root fsck again. With dynamic root, dev, proc, tmp, all we'd have to
worry about is /usr.
Could we please stop trying to do major overhauls on the various hier-
archies and work with what we've got? CSRG wasn't a bunch of particularly
dense individuals -- they obviously came up with the current scheme for
hier(7), with root being the obvious (and necessary) exception to the
rule (i.e. bin, sbin, lib, libdata, libexec; root adds var, dev, etc, tmp,
each of which has their own hierarchic structure), and they didn't do it
on a whim. They put some real thought into what they did.
* Especially in a workstation style environment, remote syslogs and
* remote mail stores reduce whats needed to be kept around.
Unless you have everyone receiving mail at their own workstation (which is
not out of the question, especially within a small organization), and
remote syslogs don't always work.
* As far as
* recover, well.. yes, its a minor inconvience, but one should be saving
* periodically anyway.
This is not an excuse. If the system goes down, I want to be able to
recover. Just because M$ doesn't have reliable software doesn't mean we
should lower our denominator to match theirs.
I don't like systems where I have to be completely paranoid -- especially
from a new user's point of view -- to insure data integrity.
* ] When this is done I'd greatly appreciate if the doer moved the default
* ] cron log file to /var/log/cron too! (There's no need to reserve
* ] /var/log for files writtent to only by syslog.)
Now, I agree with THIS.
* Hack the Media. Life is an illusion.
If you can't interrupt it, terminate it.
If you can't terminate it, kill it.
If you can't kill it, reboot. --firstname.lastname@example.org