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Re: Change default PATH for Jessie / wheezy+1

On Wed, Aug 08, 2012 at 01:53:24PM -0700, Steve Langasek wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 08, 2012 at 10:22:03AM -0700, Russ Allbery wrote:
> > Lars Wirzenius <liw@liw.fi> writes:
> > > On Wed, Aug 08, 2012 at 09:25:19AM -0700, Russ Allbery wrote:

> > >> Also, FHS development seems to be effectively dead.  We're already
> > >> carrying a fairly large collection of exceptions.  One more wouldn't
> > >> make a tremendous difference as long as there's no major user behavior
> > >> change, and the symlinks would take care of that.

> > > There may be hope of an FHS revival: 
> > > http://www.linuxfoundation.org/collaborate/workgroups/lsb/fhs

> > > I haven't followed if they're actually doing any work.

> > I've been on the mailing list, and so far it's mostly been crickets.  The
> > person who was driving the effort has been busy with other LSB work.

> While that's true, there is now a framework for getting changes made to the
> FHS again - unlike before when the only three editors with commit access
> were all AWOL.  The FHS and the guarantees it provides about what users can
> expect from their system is still important.  If Debian thinks we need to
> diverge from the FHS on something as major as the existence of /sbin, that's
> a conversation we should be having in the FHS WG first before implementing
> it.

As an aside, I've learned by way of said mailing list that Fedora took it
upon themselves to deviate from the FHS by eliminating /usr/games, which is
a terrible thing because it now means insecure game software, much of it
sgid, is on root's path when it shouldn't be. :-P  I think that's a great
example of why distros shouldn't diverge from the FHS in isolation now that
there is a functional forum for discussing changes.

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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