[RFC] /var versus /srv

Nicolas Mailhot nicolas.mailhot at laposte.net
Fri Sep 21 09:48:48 UTC 2007

Le Ven 21 septembre 2007 09:39, Ralf Corsepius a écrit :
> On Fri, 2007-09-21 at 01:58 -0500, Arthur Pemberton wrote:

>> I use it on my CentOS box for files i server via subversion or
>> http+smb. It seems like an ideal location for what is currently
>> /var/www and /var/ftp
> This is what other distros use /var for.

And the FHS clearly states creating new /var roots is a no-go, so /var
is a dead-end for new protocol/serving needs (like bittorent)

> Nevertheless the answers others had provided also are correct. The FHS
> is ambivalent.

As usual the FHS tries to catter to everyone by not closing the door
on existing non-streamlined practices. IMHO interested people @fedora
should just agree on a new clean all-encompassing /srv layout, and get
it stamped at FHS (keeping in mind the FHS will still allow older
practices, which is ok as long as there is a good preferred layout in
the standard)

/srv being: any variable data which primary purpose is being exposed
to other systems via a network interface (can include webapp variable

> /me thinks, FPC is overinterpreting the FHS due to lack of familiarity
> with exiting practice on other distros.

/me thinks the FHS is intentionaly written in such a way it can be
interpreted at minima by laggards, but we should not block needed
changes just because there are escape clauses in the FHS.

Nicolas Mailhot

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