[LEDE-DEV] replacing files in base system from a package?

Karl Palsson karlp at tweak.net.au
Mon Oct 3 14:00:42 PDT 2016

Alberto Bursi <alberto.bursi at outlook.it> wrote:
> On 10/03/2016 03:26 PM, Karl Palsson wrote:
> > What's the "new" way of doing this? In the past, in OpenWrt CC
> > and before, a package could install files like /etc/banner and
> > /etc/inittab that were provided by the base-files package. It was
> > always listed as "unreliable" as apparently you couldn't rely on
> > the order. In practice it actually worked just fine.
> >
> > What's the currently accepted mechanism for including replacement
> > files in a custom build?
> >
> > Sincerely,
> > Karl Palsson
> >
> What I've found so far for my own project is that a script in
> /files/etc/uci-defaults folder in source folder should work.
> Anyway scripts in /etc/uci-defaults (from any source) are
> called on first boot and apply configuration changes on device,
> just look at the ones you have already there in the rootfs.

You're absolutely correct, that way _works_ but it's pointlessly
redundant to ship files just so that I can make the bootup
process take longer while it "finishes" replacing files that I
knew from the outset I never wanted. It also means that until
_my_ uci-defaults file runs, (depends on everyone else) I still
have the old original files in place. uci-defaults is a great
mechanism for many things, but i really don't feel it's
appropriate for everything.

Karl Palsson
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