[RFC] /var versus /srv

Alan Cox alan at redhat.com
Fri Sep 21 10:08:59 UTC 2007

On Fri, Sep 21, 2007 at 11:48:48AM +0200, Nicolas Mailhot wrote:
> 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)

And nobody cares because the FHS is broken

> As usual the FHS tries to catter to everyone by not closing the door
> on existing non-streamlined practices. IMHO interested people @fedora

No. What happened is that the FHS put things to a vote. Unfortunately
the FHS towards the end of its existance contained more random people who
had no clue about distribution building and software management than distro
people so the wrong side won.

The people who mattered and actually do know what they are doing therefore
considered parts of the FHS silly and ignored them.

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

That clashes with /home in many cases.

The right answer is to delete /srv (or obsolete it) and remove the silly
statements about /var (which mostly exist to try and force the /srv
stupidity into being)

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