[arch-general] My end-user $0.02 on /etc/rc.conf splitting.

Damjan gdamjan at gmail.com
Sun Jul 22 12:41:16 EDT 2012

>>> Wrong, they are going to ram systemd down our throats. Believe you me. And why
>>> is the onus always on the end-user?
>> Most of us who work on initscriptst agree that systemd is superior and
>> that most people will move to it one day. However, we are trying very
> That's what worries me, that you sincerelly find it superior. I don't doubt
> your good intentions.

I've worked as a Linux sys-admin for 12 years now, and I've always found 
sysvinit and the bunch of shell scripts, hard to manage and lacking in 
basic features.

What systemd provides now is total knowledge of the state and origin of 
your processes. That wasn't possible with the sysvinit scheme. It's a 
great help to anyone working wit Linux professionally.

The declarative unit files are also a step in the right direction IMHO, 
since you can't break them, and with it the whole boot process.

BUT, this thread was not about systemd. This was about splitting 
/etc/rc.conf in Arch, and unifying at least part of the system config 
with other distros. Debian, Fedora and OpenSuse will use the same files 
now - and I think it's great that we see some consolidation. It doesn't 
make much sense to have 100 schemes for configuring these basic stuff.

Also, by splitting it in different files you make it more robust. You 
don't want to bork your network setup just because you were editing your 
locale and forgot to close a quote.


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