[Slackbuilds-users] postgresql

Donald Allen donaldcallen at gmail.com
Mon Apr 5 18:32:32 UTC 2010

On Mon, Apr 5, 2010 at 2:04 PM, Ben Mendis <dragonwisard at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 5, 2010 at 8:39 AM, Adis Nezirovic <adis at linux.org.ba> wrote:
>> Preserving mode for existing scripts is OK, but I personally think that
>> the default for new scripts should be 0644. Admin should run chmod +x
>> manually.
> I don't disagree that the Admin is ultimately responsible for making sure
> it's correctly configured, but I don't agree that the admin should be forced
> to do everything manually (especially things that could be so trivially
> scripted) as a general policy. IMHO, sane automation of the configuration
> (such as adopting the same permissions as the version being replaced) are
> preferable. This is especially useful in systems where the updates might be
> happening unattended.
> (Of course, in the absence of automation 0644 is a better default than
> 0755.)

Exactly. Slavish worship of doing things manually *where there's no
clear benefit to doing so* doesn't make sense and this is one of those

Slackware seems devoted to finding a sensible balance in this area,
automating where it's useful (by making things easier or less
error-prone for the sys-admin) but not overdoing it (having things
happen behind the scenes that a sys-admin might want to know about
and/or control). I'm in the process of installing Slackware on four
systems for my personal use, and so far it feels like the decisions
relating to this issue have been very well thought out (which doesn't
surprise me, given the years of experience Patrick Volkerding brings
to the Linux-distribution problem).


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