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LinuxPapers.org: About Configuration Files

Jul 09, 2000, 20:38 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Linux - and Unix in general - have always been known for their countless configuration files. But really, there's nothing to be afraid of. In this paper we will show what configuration files actually are, how to change them and how to manage them."

"Linux is famous for being "hard to configure." This sentence is definitely inaccurate. In fact, the word "Linux" refers exclusively to the kernel, i.e. that piece of software which is launched before any other program, and provides basic support (at a functional level) to every program launched thereafter. So it is more precise to say "Linux programs are hard to configure." But even this, in the end, proves to be a myth: if you know where to look, and if you are familiar with the configuration philosophy of Linux programs, you can find out how a Linux (and, more generally, Unix) program is extremely simple, even if there is no standard "configuration file format."

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