Re: deprecating /usr as a standalone filesystem?
On Tue, May 05 2009, Marco d'Itri wrote:
> I have been told by upstream maintainers of one of my packages and by
> prominent developers of other distributions that supporting a standalone
> /usr is too much work and no other distribution worth mentioning does it
> (not Ubuntu, not Fedora, not SuSE).
> I know that Debian supports this, but I also know that maintaning
> forever large changes to packages for no real gain sucks.
> So, does anybody still see reasons to continue supporting a standalone
+ One may want to have /usr mounted read only
+ Other file systems can have different mount options. not possible
if they needed to have /usr
- Backups: having different partitions allows one to have different
- corruption: easier to recover from corruption when paritions are
smaller and targeted.
- encryption: you might not want to encrypt the whole disk.
,----[ /etc/fstab snippet ]
| LABEL=1 / ext3 noatime,errors=remount-ro 0 1
| LABEL=2 /boot ext3 noatime,defaults,rw,noauto 0 2
| LABEL=3 /usr ext3 noatime,defaults,ro 0 2
| LABEL=4 /home ext3 noatime,rw,nodev 0 2
| LABEL=5 /usr/local ext3 noatime,rw,nosuid,nodev 0 2
| LABEL=6 /var ext3 noatime,rw,nosuid 0 2
| LABEL=7 /var/spool ext3 noatime,rw,nosuid,nodev 0 2
| LABEL=8 /backup ext3 noatime,rw,nosuid,nodev 0 2
| LABEL=9 /scratch ext3 noatime,rw 0 2
Deliver yesterday, code today, think tomorrow.
Manoj Srivastava <email@example.com> <http://www.debian.org/~srivasta/>
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