[Fedora-packaging] Draft: Init Scripts

Ralf Corsepius rc040203 at freenet.de
Sun Feb 18 08:25:58 UTC 2007

On Sat, 2007-02-17 at 09:51 -0500, Jesse Keating wrote:
> On Saturday 17 February 2007 06:14, Enrico Scholz wrote:
> > no; %config is ok (I do not want to lose changes to /etc files silently).
> > But I agree that there is no need to mark them as %config(noreplace).
> And you feel OK about other scripts on your system silently losing changes 
> because they're outside of /etc?  init script placement in /etc always seemed 
> funny to me, these are scripts to be executed, not files to be configured.  

init scripts live in /etc, because the traditional view on them and
their traditional usage is customizable/configurable scripts.

This concept is older than Linux, sysv-init, /etc/sysconfig, the LSB and
the FHS. I.e. editing init scripts had been part of standard proceedures
to run a system.

Since introduction of /etc/sysconfig this role has gradually lost
importance, but even nowadays, there still can exist situations where
resorting to it is hardly avoidable.


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