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A look at the PyPy 2.0 release
PostgreSQL 9.3 beta: Federated databases and more
LWN.net Weekly Edition for May 9, 2013
(Nearly) full tickless operation in 3.10
Systemd 197 released
Posted Jan 9, 2013 13:17 UTC (Wed) by sorpigal (subscriber, #36106)
Hostname will be read from /etc/hostname instead of
/etc/sysconfig/network (Mandriva/Mageia, ALT)
Locale information will be read from /etc/locale.conf instead of
/etc/sysconfig/i18n (Mandriva/Mageia, ALT)
/etc/default/locale (Debian, Angstrom)
/proc/cmdline (Fedora: locale.LANG now required, won't read just LANG)
Time zone information will be read from /etc/localtime instead of
Strangely it still reads /etc/timezone on Debian, but does not write it (?)
Console/keyboard config will be read from /etc/vconsole.conf instead of
/etc/sysconfig/keyboard (SuSE, ALT, Mandriva/Mageia)
/etc/sysconfig/consolefont (ALT, Gentoo)
I think that's everything, and it's a bit of a mess as-is since some of these files are in slightly different formats even if the path is the same.
Posted Jan 9, 2013 15:36 UTC (Wed) by Zack (guest, #37335)
On the upside though, once package management gets integrated, we'll finally have an answer as to whether 'deb or rpm' constitutes the "one true way".
Posted Jan 9, 2013 17:31 UTC (Wed) by james (subscriber, #1325)
If downstream distributions want to maintain compatibility with their old configuration files, they are welcome to do so, but need to maintain this as patches downstream. The burden needs to be on the distributions to maintain differences here. Our suggestion however is to just convert the old configuration files on upgrade, as multiple distributions already do.
Posted Jan 9, 2013 17:41 UTC (Wed) by sorpigal (subscriber, #36106)
I wouldn't call that "missed" since it's essentially in the summary anyway:
recommend distributions to simply adopt the configuration
files everybody else uses now and convert the old
configuration from packaging scripts. Most distributions
already did that. If that's not possible or desirable,
distributions are welcome to forward port the specific
pieces of code locally from the git history.
Posted Jan 10, 2013 8:06 UTC (Thu) by nhippi (subscriber, #34640)
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