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Re: possible mass-filing of bugs: many shared library packages contain binaries in usr/bin

Sean Middleditch <elanthis@awesomeplay.com> writes:

> 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 in /usr.

*Originally*, it wasn't even this.

/usr is where the home directories went.  The whole system did once
fit in /, but there was a desire to have a place to put user home
directories.  That was /usr.  In other words, the original /usr served
the purpose that /home did.

Then good golly it turned out that /usr was a big partition, and
people created /usr/bin and started putting lots of big programs
there.  And then, twenty-five years later, people seem to think that
/usr is independently valuable, rather than just a big partition on
which to stuff files.


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