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[opensuse] fsh and distros
An annoying problem came up recently when discussing Linux distros. A dedicated Mac user told me he'd never change to Linux because every distro is different. What he meant was that he has Ubuntu on a vm and I was showing him some openSUSE stuff. He was lost when he needed to look at /var/log/syslog because on openSUSE it gave him an error. He had already made his point.

Is there any communication between distro devs as to where stuff goes? It seems to be anywhere you like, despite e.g. that the fsh saying it should be /var/log/messages

The example we were working on was bind 9, the latest version of which is not available on Ubuntu, so he was trying to compile from source. The Ubuntu bind9 apt-get stuff creates /etc/bind for config files, openSUSE uses /etc and the official bind docs suggest /srv/named/etc. But that's just the start. The directory could be /var/lib/named or anywhere else you can think of. Then is it /etc/init.d/bind9 start, /etc/init.d/bind start, /etc/rc.d/init.d/bind9 start, service bind start, service bind9 start, service named start, /usr/sbin/named -c /etc/named.conf, start bind, start bind9, rcnamed start, /etc/init.d/named start. . .Should it run bind:bind, named:named, root:named, root something else. . .

On a mac, this doesn't arise. He said.

I think he has a good point. Is this the price we pay to be able to have it anyway we like?
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