[RFC] /var versus /srv

Rob Crittenden rcritten at redhat.com
Fri Sep 21 14:29:44 UTC 2007

Matthew Miller wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 21, 2007 at 09:19:43AM -0400, seth vidal wrote:
>> As a sysadmin /srv is a useful thing - it's what most sysadmins do
>> anyway - create a top level path where they mount the large, local disks
>> and put all their data. So they know on every system if they hit /etc
>> and /srv with the backups they'll have what they should be worried
>> about. All admins may not call it /srv but they do something like
>> it: /fs, /local, /data, /srv
>> it's all the same result.
>> so while your argument for not using it in the distro is fine -the
>> reality is that this is what is actually done by sysadmins all over the
>> world.
> +1
> Thank you Seth.
> /var is transient data. There should be nothing there that needs backups.
> And users shouldn't look there for files they might edit.

Transient and not backed up? What about /var/mail, /var/spool/cron and 

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