[master] e135d0725 More details on 6.0 packaging changes

Dridi Boukelmoune dridi.boukelmoune at gmail.com
Tue Dec 11 17:49:07 UTC 2018

commit e135d07250a77368ededf5f9107a8cb445a35e83
Author: Dridi Boukelmoune <dridi.boukelmoune at gmail.com>
Date:   Tue Dec 11 18:46:55 2018 +0100

    More details on 6.0 packaging changes
    It turns out people are really attached to their varnish.params file.

diff --git a/doc/sphinx/whats-new/upgrading-6.0.rst b/doc/sphinx/whats-new/upgrading-6.0.rst
index 7dcf0850c..510993143 100644
--- a/doc/sphinx/whats-new/upgrading-6.0.rst
+++ b/doc/sphinx/whats-new/upgrading-6.0.rst
@@ -592,6 +592,17 @@ since there's no more reasons to have them diverge: we initially
 inherited packaging support from downstream package maintainers, and
 they deserve many thanks for that.
+The biggest change that resulted in unifying our systemd setup across
+all official packages is that the ``varnish.params`` file available on
+Red Hat derivatives is gone. We noticed that using an environment file
+to hide the fact that ``varnishd`` is configured via command line
+arguments misled some people into thinking that what was proposed in
+the file was your only set of configuration options. For example, you
+can specify multiple listen addresses using multiple ``-a`` options
+but you only get variables for one address and a catch-all variable
+``DAEMON_OPTS`` for anything not fitting in the template. In addition
+using an environment file pollutes the process's environment.
 Another big difference between Red Hat and Debian derivatives was the
 way we handled VCL reloads via the service manager. We introduced a
 new ``varnishreload`` script that operates on top of ``varnishadm``

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