[rescue] Re:EMACS

Sebastian Marius Kirsch rescue at sunhelp.org
Thu Jun 28 18:00:12 CDT 2001

On Thu, Jun 28, 2001 at 12:23:50PM -0400, James Fogg wrote:
> Stand proud on your correctness, but I stand by what I said - I am
> uncomfortable with netBSD, freeBSD and Debian. Their filesystem
> structures are odd to me.

But you said that you are more comfortable with RedHat, which is odd --
NetBSD and FreeBSD use a distinctly BSD-like filesystem structure (after
all, they *are* true BSDs), while most major Linux distributions
(including RedHat and Debian) follow the filesystem hierarchy standard
more or less closely. Perhaps you will be more comfortable with them if
you take a few minutes to glance over the FHS; see

But perhaps you do not give a dam[sic] about it; if that's the case, I
don't know why I keep going on about it. Stand proud on your
ignorance. (Sorry.)

Personally, I am more confused by the idiosyncrasies of the different
SVR4 variants. Solaris' /opt and /usr/ucb, 'init 0/6' for
shutdown/reboot and *hard links* in /etc/rc*.d are confusing to say the
very least. Irix is even worse, with binaries and scripts scattered over
the whole system (at least in my experience) -- shutdown in
/etc/shutdown, ping in /usr/etc/, a separate hierarchy /usr/gfx for all
things graphics-related etc. The SVR4 systems are all far from being

Yours, Sebastian Kirsch <skirsch at moebius.inka.de>

Computers are not intelligent. They only think they are.

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