Subject: /etc/rc.conf and upgrading
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Simon Burge <email@example.com>
Date: 10/03/1999 11:59:45
One of the little pains of an upgrade is rebuilding /etc/rc.conf. What
if we moved the clean /etc/rc.conf to /etc/rc.defaults and started
with an empty /etc/rc.conf that users could override /etc/rc.defaults
settings? /etc/rc would then:
if [ -f /etc/rc.defaults ]; then
if [ -f /etc/rc.conf ]; then
In this case, the /etc/rc.conf on my home alpha would then have just:
ifconfig_epic0="inet thoreau netmask 255.255.255.224"
and next time I upgrade I can copy a new /etc/rc.conf over the top of
the existing one and not worry about killing the existing configuration.
There are other .conf files in /etc, but none as complex as rc.conf.