[arch-general] On /etc/conf.d deprecation

Daniel Wallace danielwallace at gtmanfred.com
Sun Dec 9 01:25:29 EST 2012

On Sun, Dec 09, 2012 at 04:01:08AM +0200, Dimitrios Apostolou wrote:
> Hello list,
> from a reply I got to a bug report (FS#32817, reply is private) I
> found out that configuration files in /etc/conf.d are deprecated and
> that the supported way is to replicate and customize service files.
> Imagine that in /usr unit file the daemon is being called as "binary
> -d". So I create the /etc unit file that supersedes it and calls it
> as "blah -d -n1". Then the package gets updated and the /usr unit
> file changes to "binary -d --lock=/whatever/path".
> As you can see I won't get the update because I've overriden the
> unit file, I won't get any warning either, but if the original unit
> file called "binary -d --lock=/whatever/path $BLAH_ARGS" there would
> have been no such problem.
> /etc/conf.d is a weaker but more elegant mechanism. I'm not saying
> it should replace unit files, but it should work *with* unit files,
> as the Arch way even if not in Freedesktop's - Fedora's
> recommendations. Of course anyone will still be free to copy and
> customize the unit file.
> So I'm curious to know why this mechanism was deprecated? Is it
> speed we gain by not including the EnvironmentFile directive in the
> systemd unit file? Is there some other reason I might be missing?
> Thanks in advance,
> Dimitris

Every time I update I just check systemd-delta if a package I have
changed updates.

Daniel Wallace
Archlinux Trusted User (gtmanfred)
Georgia Institute of Technology
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