Two jed entries in /etc (was Re: patching upstream -- why not?)

Jörg Sommer joerg at
Mon Sep 5 10:58:52 UTC 2005

Hello G.,

G. Milde schrieb am Mon 05. Sep, 11:00 (+0200):
> On  4.09.05, Jörg Sommer wrote:
> > > Patches always mean additional work for the packagers and can introduce
> > > consistency problems, so IMHO they should only be a last resort.
> > 
> > This is not a good reason for me. We only need a patch if the upstream
> > version do not meet our requirements (aka Debian policy). 
> > The reson for the bug report is that jed has two entries in /etc.
> I know. However, is this violating Debian policy or just a minor
> annoyance for some users?

Good question... oh oh, yes it is a half policy violation. Section 10.7.2

  Any configuration files created or used by your package must reside in
  `/etc'.  If there are several, consider creating a subdirectory of
  `/etc' named after your package.

> In any case, I would not like to introduce /etc/jed/, but
> * if the status quo does not violate Debian policy, I would leave
>   things as-is.

Because the policy says we /should/ I would consider to do it.

> * Otherwise, I would 
>   + use JED_ROOT/lib/ for setting up /etc/jed-init.d/

Do you know what the current plans of John concerning are?
IIRC he said sometime he would drop it.

>   + move the Debian specific configuration to a file under
>     /etc/jed-init.d/ (NN > 0, to give users a chance to have something
>     evaluated before.)

Good objection.

>   + remove /etc/jed.conf
>   + update README.Debian and changelog.Debian to warn users that
>     /etc/jed.conf is no longer read in and configuration should be done
>     in /etc/jed-init.d
>     (Alternatively, could contain code to check for a
>     user-provided /etc/jed.conf so the upstream documentation is
>     kept valid.)

No I wouldn't do this. This introduces another way errors can arise.

Regards, Jörg.
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