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From Webmaster <eag...@chatministries.org>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] help needed on multiple domain rootdirectories ver 1.3.28 Win32
Date Fri, 26 Sep 2003 08:30:05 GMT
That makes sense, Brian. Pity they didnt document it though <g>
As I mentioned I have a friend stateside who just passed his MSCE (are
those the right letters?) examination and it didn't ring a bell with him.

Just goes to show the mass mulling of minds on a list can work wonders :)

Richard



At 00:49 26-09-03 -0700, you wrote:
>Webmaster wrote:
>
>> One has to ask WHY name the file HOSTS.SAM when it will only work with the
>> name of HOSTS
>
>Because it's a SAMple of what a valid HOSTS file might look like. 
>Additionally, the HOSTS file is usually not necessary in all but a few
>exceptional circumstances, and so it's more efficient for the OS if
>there's no such file there by default.
>
>One principle that people tend to try to stick to when writing software
>that installs files is to never overwrite a users configuration.  It
>would really suck if, for example, you had a lot of stuff in your HOSTS
>file, and then you installed some kind of fixpack/service pack/update
>that replaced that file with the stock one because the stock defaults
>had changed slightly.  Many BSD/Linux packages do this by calling files
>e.g. "http.conf-dist" or something similar, so that the distribution
>version never overwrites your actual config.
>
>Brian
>
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