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OpenSuSE: multi-megabyte binary blob `/etc/udev/hwdb.bin` does not need to be versioned with `etckeeper` – via Unix & Linux Stack Exchange

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/04/22

I wondered [WayBacklinux – Why is this a binary multi-megabyte blob /etc/udev/hwdb.bin under /etc? – Unix & Linux Stack Exchange.

All my OpenSuSE systems had the /etc/udev/hwdb.bin file with sizes varying between 7.5 and 10 megabytes with many of the zypper dist-upgrade causing updates.

Luckily the system also contains these files which had valid unit definitions, so the file was generated/updated during boot:

  • /usr/bin/systemd-hwdb
  • /usr/lib/systemd/system/‌​date.service
  • /usr/lib/systemd/system/systemd-hwdb-update.service

Thanks [WayBacknwildner for answering that question!

So after installing etckeeper and performing etckeeper init you can immediately remove the git repository:

# cd /etc
# git rm --cached /etc/udev/hwdb.bin
rm 'udev/hwdb.bin'
# git commit -m "no need for /etc/udev/hwdb.bin to be under revision control as systemd-hwdb maintains it"

For more background, see [WayBack] How to make Git “forget” about a file that was tracked but is now in .gitignore? – Stack Overflow.



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