Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 22nd Oct 2012 04:51 UTC
Linux Here's a topic guaranteed to start controversy. Which Linux distribution is best? It all depends on your criteria for judging. Even then the topic is highly subjective. Here are a few nominees for "best distro" in specific categories.
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RE: Comment by marcp
by drcouzelis on Mon 22nd Oct 2012 12:26 UTC in reply to "Comment by marcp"
drcouzelis
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2010-01-11

Arch is also cool, but it takes too much attention of the user. It makes you a constant tinkerer, and upgrades are in fact PITA, because it requires you to merge some *.pacnews everytime you got any change. Some things should be done automatically

The Arch Linux package manager only generates ".pacnew" files when the user has changed a system configuration file. I merge ".pacnew" files every one to three months. It takes less than five minutes to do.

What's the alternative? Should it be done automatically?

For example, if I edit my GRUB config (/etc/default/grub) and then the package manager updates GRUB, what should it do with the config file? Should it keep my changes (which might not work with the new version)? Should it use the new version (and destroy my changes)? Should it merge them and possibly have both problems? What does Debian do?

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RE[2]: Comment by marcp
by marcp on Mon 22nd Oct 2012 15:05 in reply to "RE: Comment by marcp"
marcp Member since:
2007-11-23

Grub config is almost always handled automatically in Debian. There's regular grub configuration [which is dynamically generated everytime there's a change in kernel number, etc], and there's /etc/default/grub file which contains custom option that user wants to automatically add to default grub configs everytime they're being generated. That solves the problem. Occasionaly you'll get a merge window [diff], and that's what I call reasonable config file management.
I just think Arch's way of handling config files is kinda ... irritating ;) at least to me. Some things should be automated. There are more important things that needs our attention.

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RE[2]: Comment by marcp
by chithanh on Mon 22nd Oct 2012 17:15 in reply to "RE: Comment by marcp"
chithanh Member since:
2006-06-18

The Arch Linux package manager only generates ".pacnew" files when the user has changed a system configuration file. I merge ".pacnew" files every one to three months. It takes less than five minutes to do.

What's the alternative? Should it be done automatically?

AUR now has packaged Gentoo's "etc-update" script which makes merging of configuration files semi-automatic.

https://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=56190

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