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Bug#978636: move to merged-usr-only?

Package: tech-ctte
X-Debbugs-Cc: debian-devel@lists.debian.org


as suggested in [1], I would like to see Debian to move to support
only the merged-usr filesystem layout.  This would simplfy things for
the future and also address the problem with installing files under
aliased trees that dpkg has to do for both variants to be supported.

merged-usr has been the default for new installations since the last
release and (as far as I am aware) no world-breaking bugs have
happened since; some environments such as buildd chroots still do not
use merged-usr.

I would like to ask the technical committee to decide whether we want
to move to merged-usr-only.  It seems to be a case of overlapping
jurisdiction (6.1.2 in the constitution).

I'm not asking the committee to decide on a concrete technical
implementation for this.  Obviously we would need to also implement a
migration path for legacy installations for a move to merged-usr-only
to be implemented.  This also isn't relevant for Debian 11 (bullseye),
but I would like to have enough time in the Debian 12 (bookworm)


[1]: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2020/11/#00232
     continued in December: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2020/12/#00386

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