Re: Support for merged-/usr now in debootstrap; default for stretch?
On Tue, 13 Sep 2016 22:36:58 +0200, Ansgar Burchardt wrote:
> debootstrap in unstable can now install with merged-/usr, that is with
> /bin, /sbin, /lib* being symlinks to their counterpart in /usr. Run
> debootstrap --merged-usr testing .../testing
> to give it a try.
> It has been previously suggested to make this the default for (at least)
> new installations. I think Russ' earlier mail explains quite well
> why the "split" between / and /usr doesn't really work out for Debian
> these days and that trying to maintain it for some configurations (which
> are not documented) is mostly busy-work. There is also a nice article
> on LWN summarizing earlier discussions.
> I found these arguments convincing enough and would like to see the
> default switched to merged-/usr for Stretch and later. Possibly also
> switching systems on upgrade to the new scheme (not necessarily already
> in the Stretch release cycle).
I agree that merging /usr is a good thing to do. We should default to
that, and at some point force the merge somehow (via the usrmerge package?
). Ideally, stretch systems that are fresh-installed should have the same
configuration as stretch-upgraded systems, otherwise confusion will ensue.