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Re: devel files and libraries in /lib

On Tue, Jan 04, 2011 at 09:38:19AM +0100, Tollef Fog Heen wrote:
> | An alternative strategy to consider for the future: drop /usr entirely
> | and place all libraries in /lib [as done on GNU/Hurd].  On current
> | systems using initramfs the need for a separate / and /usr is gone.
> | IMHO, there are nowadays few (if any) compelling reasons for having a
> | separate /usr, and hence for having /usr at all other than as a
> | compatibility symlink to /.  Have we actually got any reasons for
> | keeping it?
> I'd love to see this happening and would like the ability to have /usr
> as a symlink to / as a release goal for squeeze.

In what way is it not already possible to symlink /usr to /?

I think the issue is that not all users *want* /usr symlinked to /, and
there's no benefit unless everyone switches to the new model.  Which is
rather awkward to enforce on upgrades; I don't know about you, but I have
some continuously-upgraded older systems where my /usr isn't going to fit on
my / filesystem.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                    http://www.debian.org/
slangasek@ubuntu.com                                     vorlon@debian.org

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