[nSLUG] Debian 3.1 (sarge) is released

Donald Teed donald.teed at gmail.com
Thu Jun 9 22:16:29 ADT 2005

I agree that the modularized conf file solution is elegant.

It's not that difficult to deal with, and the one additional
level of abstraction avoids the time you might consume
while using other distributions, where updated packages
want to clobber your nicely configured services.  Normally
package updates include a step of manually merging
the old and new conf files based on a diff report.  In Debian
you normally won't have to think about it.

On 6/9/05, Ben Armstrong <synrg at sanctuary.nslug.ns.ca> wrote:

> You'll find other cases where conf files have been modularized in
> Debian, much to the annoyance of users who, like yourself, are used to
> the "standard way".  The standard way, it turns out, works just fine if
> you are willing to accept that packages should not be configured so that
> they can run out of the box.  But when you try to put together a system
> that "just works" you need to be a little tricky to ensure that packages
> don't inadvertently damage each other when they are installed, removed
> or upgraded.  If you don't like this approach, maybe Debian isn't for
> you.  I hear Slackware is great for people who want ultimate control
> over how their systems are put together.
> Ben
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