Bug#746442: Please make /etc/rc.local non-executable by default

Thorsten Glaser t.glaser at tarent.de
Thu Nov 15 19:44:03 GMT 2018

On Thu, 15 Nov 2018, Josh Triplett wrote:

> Are you saying that even *with* that comment you'd be surprised?


You probably know how many people read such instructions. But my
main point is “not being surprised” and “tons of existing, mostly
OS-independent, installation manuals out there”.

Plus, the +x bit can easily get lost… or, accidentally (“oh, let’s
set all files with a shebang to +x and all others to -x”), restored.
It’s not a good indicator. Some version control systems also, for
example, don’t handle it (RCS/CVS, which I’m told etckeeper can use),
and people editing on DOS/Windows generally set it.

> (Personally, I *wish* that /etc/rc.local didn't exist at all by default
> and you had to *create* it if you wanted it used.)

Oh, please, don’t go stomping over Unix admin tradition here ;-)

Yes, I hate users and I want them to suffer.
	-- Marco d'Itri on gmane.linux.debian.devel.general

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