[arch-dev-public] Updating base /etc files

Jason Chu jason at archlinux.org
Mon Apr 2 18:34:17 EDT 2007

On Sat, 31 Mar 2007 19:17:21 -0500
"Aaron Griffin" <aaronmgriffin at gmail.com> wrote:

> This is split from the "iputils and traceroute" discussion on
> arch-dev, moving it to the public list, and splitting things out.
> The issue is that our stock /etc/services and /etc/protocols files
> suck.
> Here's what I'd like to do - rip these files out of the iputils
> package and stick them in the 'filesystem' package.
> We can then grab updated files from NetBSD:
> http://cvsweb.netbsd.org/bsdweb.cgi/src/etc/
> As proposed in this bug report: http://bugs.archlinux.org/task/6194


> I would also like to suggest one more file be updated, but am unsure
> if it should be part of the filesystem package:
> /etc/mailcap
> mailcap is actually really useful for things like firefox, which falls
> back to there if some of those goofy gnome services aren't running (I
> don't use them, so it cripples firefox here unless I use a ~/.mailcap)
> There is a huge problem with this, though, and that would be the fact
> that we'd have to add/remove entries to it to do things
> successfully... however, if we don't want to do this, we could at
> least provide entries for all out base packages (for instance, less
> and tar).

Yeah, I'm interested in how other distros handle mailcap.  I'm sure
Debian has some sort of alternatives mailcap handling.

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