Re: possible mass-filing of bugs: many shared library packages contain binaries in usr/bin
Actually, the reason /usr was used because way way back in the day (a
couple handcounts of years), you couldn't put a full usable filesystem
on one device. You'd often have multiple
reels/tapes/drums/disk/whatever, and it was very useful to be able to
boot into the system, then mount /usr. That way, you had your system
stuff in / (and /bin, /sbin, etc.) and the user programs and utilities
Once disks got a little bigger, the backup idea became used.
These days, that's not even a big issue either. I mean, you're much
more likely to fsck up a whole disk than a single filesystem, and you'll
need to restore from backups *anyways*.
It's nice not having /usr, because /usr is a usability nightmare, newbie
speaking. The only reason I don't say the same thing about /usr/local
and /opt is because I'm simply too used to managing things that way...
But, unlike some people (/me points to the old fogie's where he works)
I'm not resistant to change, because change is good. Unless its bad
On Wed, 2002-05-08 at 13:37, Wilmer van der Gaast wrote:
> Thomas Bushnell, BSG@lists.debian-devel@08 May 2002 09:23:29 -0700:
> > Actually, we do know why other systems have it. Do you?
> The reason I know is for emergencies.. So that /usr/ can be on a
> different fs so you can boot without mounting it (when it's damaged) and
> fix things because all you really need (which isn't much then) is
> outside /usr/..
> AAMOF I have one large / because I don't care about booting from CD to
> do recovery.
> Also, a separate /usr/ would be very handy on The Hurd which, after all,
> doesn't even support >1GB partitions.. You really want as many
> partitions as possible then. ;-)
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