base-files package needs a maintainer

Christopher Faylor
Sun Feb 24 09:29:00 GMT 2002

On Mon, Jan 28, 2002 at 05:49:00PM -0500, Charles Wilson wrote:
>Michael A Chase wrote:
>>Shouldn't this be part of the ash package?  Now that it's part of the Base
>>category, there shouldn't be any problem creating /etc/profile when ash is
>No.  ash provides ash.  base-files provides the data for a purely 
>data-driven setup.exe.  That is, the scripts (which require ash) to 
>create /etc/.profile, /etc/.bashrc, etc.
>base-files may later do more stuff, like create the /usr/local/ tree and 
>the /var tree -- why should setup.exe have that stuff hardcoded into it?
>Once the configuration tasks performed by base-files grows, why should 
>it be part of the "ash" package?  You don't want to redo the setup 
>scripts when updating ash.exe, do you?

No, but there's no reason why installation of 'sed' should cause the
creation of /etc/profile either.  I don't see any reason why this
functionality couldn't either be part of ash/bash installation (although
the /etc/profile that gets created isn't really ash-aware) with some
intelligence for not overwriting the profile file.

Either that or we make the base-files package more intelligent about what
it installs and when.  That's doable.


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