About the FHS not being right...
Chris Siebenmann wrote about the FHS not being right. Well I can't say I disagree completely but the points he makes aren't quite the points I dislike about the FHS.
Err...have you read about /srv (http://www.pathname.com/fhs/pub/fhs-2.3.html#SRVDATAFORSERVICESPROVIDEDBYSYSTEM)? Seems to me that it's not /var you should target with your comments but rather /srv. Then again I haven't seen any package management that does soemthing to /srv - which in my opinion whould make the critic pointless (correct me if I'm wrong). Actually I never even considered putting site-local data into the /var hierarchy exactly because I consider it to be the space where my distribution does it's things.
On a side note I just wish that there was a site alternative for /etc.