.conf file in includedir

Robbie Harwood rharwood at redhat.com
Tue Mar 21 13:55:33 EDT 2017

Greg Hudson <ghudson at mit.edu> writes:

> On 03/21/2017 11:19 AM, Weijun Wang wrote:
>>     "Including a directory includes all files within the directory
>> whose names consist solely of alphanumeric characters, dashes, or
>> underscores.  Starting in release 1.15, files with names ending in
>> ”.conf” are also included."
>> My understanding of the old rule is to exclude OS-generated files
>> like .DS_Store and desktop.ini, but is it safe to include all ".conf"
>> files?  At least I've heard that if you let a macOS access your
>> non-Apple file system, it will likely to create a ._krb5.conf file
>> beside your existing krb5.conf file.
> We had mainly been concerned with package system artifacts such as
> .rpmsave files.  However, editors and filesystems are also a possible
> source of unintended duplicates.  I think it might be good to ignore
> filenames beginning with ".", as these prefix-form name variants tend
> to begin with "." so that they don't show up in ordinary directory
> listings.

This seems reasonable to me as well; I think the behavior of including
dotfiles is unexpected.
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