So I change the defaults to suit my needs by dropping a
file to /etc.
Months later, the defaults change again. How do I see what are the new
defaults, how do I notice that I have to change the file in /etc again?
that is my main concern.
If I understood correctly, an rpm package should drop the config files
to /usr/etc, while an admin or a distribution can save altered or own
config files to /etc.
Applications/services will follow nsswitch.conf and check /etc/whatever
for existance. If the file is found, it will be used. If not,
/usr/etc/whatever will be used.
If this is correct, lets assume we have /usr/etc/whatever from
whatever.rpm. Me as an admin copies that file to /etc and modifies
everything which seems to be necessary for my system.
The next update for whatever.rpm contains a change for /usr/etc/whatever
- maybe security relevant or even crucial for the system to come up.
On the next boot, whatever will still read and use /etc/whatever and
will either fail or use unsecure settings.
Will anything tell me, that I will run into this problem?
Because now I simply do:
meld /etc/configfile /etc/configfile.rpmnew
and instantly I see what is new and I can decide to use
it or not,
entry by entry.
Cheers / Saludos,
Carlos E. R.
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