[Resolvconf-devel] Bug#633014: Missing file /etc/default/resolvconf

Bob Proulx bob at proulx.com
Fri Jul 8 03:19:31 UTC 2011

Marc F. Clemente wrote:
> The man page for resolvconf(8) mentions the file
> /etc/default/resolvconf.  I could not find this file after I installed
> the package.

If you desire to set custom variables then you would create that file
and set those variables in that file.  Why should the file exist in a
default installation that does not need to set any of those variables?
But it is available for that use if you wish to use it.

> Does /etc/init.d/resolvconf even look at this file?

The /etc/resolvconf/update.d/libc (and resolvconf-update-bind) script
reads it.

> I suggest creating /etc/default/resolvconf with options that are
> commented out.  Either that of fix the documentation.

I disagree.  If there isn't anything to put in there by default then
it is much nicer to not create the file.  If a local admin wishes to
customize the file then they can easily do so.  Creating the file with
comments makes things less nice.  Because if I have customzed the file
then upon every package upgrade it requires a prompt as to what to do
about the file upon upgrade and a possible manual merge step.
Including the file makes things less nice than simply allowing it as a

As is often the case one person wants one thing and another person
often wants the opposite thing and it is impossible to please both


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