This is the mail archive of the mailing list for the Cygwin project.

Index Nav: [Date Index] [Subject Index] [Author Index] [Thread Index]
Message Nav: [Date Prev] [Date Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next]
Other format: [Raw text]

Re: Should --sysconfdir=/etc/defaults/etc/? wrote:

On Thu, Oct 30, 2003 at 08:43:31AM -0600, Gary R. Van Sickle wrote:

Current packaging instructions at
indicate that --sysconfdir should be set to "/etc".  Should this perhaps be
changed to "/etc/defaults/etc", with the subsequent instruction that if your
package actually has anything in sysconfdir, it should conditionally copy it to
/etc if it doesn't already exist with a postinstall script[1]?

No.  If you set --sysconfdir to something else than /etc, a big bunch
of packages will search their config files in the wrong directory.
Keep in mind, that the sysconfdir setting might get hardcoded into
a tool on compile time.

Better create a package script which moves the files from /etc to
/etc/defaults/etc after calling `make install DESTDIR=...'.  Or even
do it by hand.

RedHat does `make install DESTDIR=".." sysconfdir=".."` for packages where they want the target sysconfdir be something other then the default set at compile time.


Index Nav: [Date Index] [Subject Index] [Author Index] [Thread Index]
Message Nav: [Date Prev] [Date Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next]