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Re: Hurd FS hierarchy (was Re: LD_LIBRARY_PATH troubles)

From: Thomas Bushnell, BSG
Subject: Re: Hurd FS hierarchy (was Re: LD_LIBRARY_PATH troubles)
Date: 24 Mar 2002 12:45:50 -0800
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Richard Kreuter <> writes:

> On Sun, Mar 24, 2002 at 12:24:07PM -0800, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote:
> >
> > /var is for data that cannot be shared between different machines.
>   /var/mail, /var/spool/news are shareable, no?
>   The FHS states /var is for "variable" files.

FHS != GNU Coding Standards.

FHS finally discovered that they needed a place for shareable data,
and then broke the way to deal with it, by specifying a list of
directories in /var.  That means that environments that want to manage
simple mount tables with what can be shared, and how, cannot do the
job adequately, because the shareable data is littered across several

>   So should the sharable parts of FHS's /var be in /com on GNU?  If
> so, should /var/mail, et al., be links to /com/mail and so forth?

Ideally, yes.


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