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Bug 1741836 - tmux rpm does not own /etc/tmux.conf
Summary: tmux rpm does not own /etc/tmux.conf
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8
Classification: Red Hat
Component: tmux
Version: 8.1
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: rc
: 8.0
Assignee: David Cantrell
QA Contact: BaseOS QE - Apps
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2019-08-16 08:28 UTC by Jan Pazdziora
Modified: 2021-02-16 07:30 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2021-02-16 07:30:31 UTC
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Description Jan Pazdziora 2019-08-16 08:28:06 UTC
Description of problem:

While setting up some environment with tmux, I knew I have to configure settings in /etc/tmux.conf. I thought I'd make sure tmux is installed in the first place, and I run

  dnf install /etc/tmux.conf

and was surprised that no package was found providing it.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):


How reproducible:


Steps to Reproduce:
1. dnf install /etc/tmux.conf

Actual results:

No match for argument: /etc/tmux.conf
Error: Unable to find a match: /etc/tmux.conf

Expected results:

Dependencies resolved.
 Package       Architecture    Version             Repository              Size
 tmux          x86_64          2.7-1.el8           beaker-BaseOS          317 k


Additional info:

Of course, the file could be %ghost since tmux works just fine even when it is not present, but it might be nice for the tmux rpm package to declare ownership of that file.

Comment 1 David Cantrell 2019-08-19 13:26:17 UTC
This is deliberate.  tmux does not actually require an /etc/tmux.conf file, but will read one if it exists.  The package does not provide an example one since the default functionality is defined in the program itself.  I'm not sure %ghost ownership of /etc/tmux.conf would be a good idea because the only way that file would appear would be for a user to explicitly create it, so removal of the tmux package also removing a manually created file might be undesirable for the user.

I am open to other suggestions though.

Comment 2 Jan Pazdziora 2019-08-19 14:55:05 UTC
Thanks for the explanation.

Some packages ship the config file with the most important options, but having them commented out, just reiterating the defaults. Would that perhaps be useful?

Comment 3 David Cantrell 2019-08-19 15:40:29 UTC
Sure.  But instead of the most useful options, let's have the sample config file have the most damaging options commented out.  :)

Comment 4 David Cantrell 2019-08-19 15:42:52 UTC
Actually, I would rather have an example file be provided in the doc directory.  Any /etc/tmux.conf provided should just have a comment pointing to the example there as well as the man page.  But even then I think that's unnecessary since the man page tells you all this.

Comment 5 Andrew Spiers 2020-07-17 09:52:52 UTC
Upstream have an example config file, it just isn't included in the package.
I've created a PR to fix it:

Comment 8 RHEL Program Management 2021-02-16 07:30:31 UTC
After evaluating this issue, there are no plans to address it further or fix it in an upcoming release.  Therefore, it is being closed.  If plans change such that this issue will be fixed in an upcoming release, then the bug can be reopened.

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