/etc and /usr/local/etc

Alex Dyas alex.dyas at interoute.com
Wed Jun 21 08:25:22 BST 2006

Stephen Allen wrote:
> As a relative FreeBSD newbie, I get confused between these two
> directories.  As I understand it, anything I install after the initial
> installation will user /usr/local/.  For example, I'm used to seeing
> /etc/samba/smb.conf but now have to go for /usr/local/etc/smb.conf.
> How do other people deal with this?  Do you live with it because that's
> the way it is.  Do you change any parameters which make installed stuff
> write to /etc instead, or perhaps create symlinks in /etc to point to
> the real file in /usr/local/etc?
> Many thanks,
> Steve :)

`man hier` goes some way to explaining the directory hierarchy.

-= Alex Dyas - UNIX - Interoute - Geneva =-

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