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Re: deprecating /usr as a standalone filesystem?

On Thu, May 14 2009, Gabor Gombas wrote:

> On Wed, May 13, 2009 at 12:38:45PM -0500, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
>>         it is the principle of the thing. /root is the home directory
>>  for the  root user.  Home directories are mutable, programs may store
>>  configuration files there, as may the user, by themselves. The root
>>  user should not be more constrained than other users on the machine are;
>>  making wirking as root irritating, less customizable, and harder does
>>  not help the end user admin any.
>>         Ideally, we should map /root somewhere persistent, writable, and
>>  also a location available in single user mode; and there are few
>>  pleasing solutions that meet that criteria; though less than perfect
>>  solutions exist.
> I fail to see how root is different to any other random user in this
> regard. If you want / to be read-only, then you should ensure that /home
> points to something writable. The same thing holds for /root. You can
> make /home and /root to be separate filesystems, or bind mounts or
> symlinks pointing to a writable location. If you can handle /home today
> then you can also handle /root exactly the same way.
> So the only thing to do is ensure that whatever code/documentation talks
> about /home should also talk about/handle /root as well. In fact, if /
> is supposed to be read-only, then I see absolutely no reason to use
> /root instead of /home/root. Maybe we need an option in the installer to
> set root's HOME directory to /home/root instead of /root?

        Sure. I can hack things so that I have a writable home directory
 for root while having a read only /. But then it is incorrect to state
 that it "works out of the box".

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