[arch-projects] [PATCH 1/7] config: add /etc/hostname support

Dan McGee dpmcgee at gmail.com
Wed Oct 26 20:28:58 EDT 2011

On Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 6:44 PM, Dave Reisner <d at falconindy.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 01:38:27AM +0200, Tom Gundersen wrote:
>> If /etc/hostname is non-empty its contents is assumed to be the hostname.
>> This takes precedence over HOSTNAME in rc.conf.

So this is going to really start to irk the old time crowd, and
frankly one of the things I (and many others, for that matter) [1]
have always loved about Arch- we don't have configuration scattered
all over the place. We're beginning to move away from that- sure,
rc.conf settings still work, but my gut is telling me those are
becoming second-class now, and if you don't follow the systemd route,
you are a big loser and stuck in 2002 or something.

And I'll add this- I'm sorry I always seem to be cranky regarding
initscripts changes. I love the fact that they have a caretaker now,
so please don't think I don't appreciate all the work you pour into

Does anyone else still hold onto the old days where configuration was
primarily a single file rather than scattered buckshot in /etc/? If it
is just me I'll shut up, but I've always loved that fact. If we insist
on playing nice with systemd, have we considered flipping this on it's
head here and having rc.d or some tool have an `rc.d reconfigure`
which would do the scattering of the centralized settings for you?


[1] http://www.google.com/search?q=arch+linux+rc.conf+simplicity

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