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Bug#994388: dpkg currently warning about merged-usr systems


On Thu, Mar 24, 2022 at 09:12:14AM +0100, Ansgar wrote:
> Maybe it should be changed into a warning that non-merged-/usr systems
> will not be supported in the future.  The `dpkg-fsys-usrunmess` program
> should probably also include a warning that it will convert the system
> into a state no longer supported by Debian in the future.

What is supported is a bit subjective I fear. At this point, neither
merged-/usr nor unmerged-/usr is supported well. Both are broken in one
way or another and nobody steps up to fix the mess. In particular, the
dpkg maintainer does not support merged-/usr in dpkg (which is his
constitutional right as long as he does not block reasonable patches),
but neither does anyone else. As such I find it difficult to disagree
with the content of the warning. I do see how it confuses people. It
definitely does not reach people who could do something about. Rather it
takes users as hostages. This is similar to the case where debianutils
added deprecation warnings. I would not have added such a warning even
if it were fully accurate.

> Either way, given related questions were already before the tech ctte
> several times it would be nice if this could be decided quickly to
> avoid this becoming yet another energy drain (we had several
> sufficiently long enough threads about this topic already).

As much as I'd like to see this resolved quickly, I fear it is blocked
on the lack of patches supporting merged-/usr.


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