Introducing the rc.conf by meh. in design
June 06, 2011

One of the most important parts in a distribution is its configurability and its ease of configuration.

In this subject Arch Linux is, in my opinion, one of the best. The way they unified all core configurations into the single rc.conf file is really elegant and simple, really son of the KISS way.

Distrø aims to take the good parts out of everything, and in this way create something good.

Being as usual tied to Ruby, the configuration couldn’t be anything but YAML, this is what I came out with, HIGHLY inspired by Arch’s rc.conf.

# /etc/rc.conf - Main Configuration for Distrø Linux

  # available languages can be listed with the `locale -a` command
  locale: en_US.UTF-8

  # set to "UTC" or "local", any other value will result in the hwclock untouched
  hwclock: local

  # timezones are found in /usr/share/zoneinfo
  timezone: Europe/Rome

  # keymaps are found in /usr/share/keymaps
  keymap: it

  # hostname of machine, should also be put in /etc/hosts
  hostname: distro

  # list of networks
    # example for an automatic (dhcp) wired network
    # automatic:
    #   interface: eth0
    #   ip:        dhcp

    # example of a wireless network with static ip and routing
    # wireless:
    #   interface: wlan0
    #   ip:
    #   gateway:
    #   essid:     wireless
    #   protection:
    #     type:       WPA2
    #     passphrase: 1234

    raid:  false # enables RAID
    btrfs: false # enables btrfs
    lvm:   false # enables LVM2

  # prefix with a - to disable it
  # prefix with a @ to start it up in the background
  daemons: [syslog-ng, crond]

If you have any ideas related to this, don’t hesitate to comment or come join us on IRC.