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Re: Merging / and /usr (was: jessie release goals)

On Tue, May 07, 2013 at 05:35:11PM +0200, Marco d'Itri wrote:
> On May 07, Игорь Пашев <pashev.igor@gmail.com> wrote:
> > What about merging / and /usr ?
> An ambitious plan.
> I strongly support the "everything in /usr" scheme, but let's first 
> consolidate support for "standalone /usr must be mounted by the 
> initramfs".

I'm working on this at the present (I'm re-doing the proof of concept
patches I made a few months back, to clean it all up and make it work
in a wider number of cases).  I hope to have something by the end of
the week, time permitting.

That said, I'm not in support of moving things to /usr; it's completely
backward.  Once we have / and /usr mounted in the initramfs, then we
can work on deduplicating shared paths on / and /usr.  This will give
us the option of migrating either way in the future (if ever).  If we
do this, I'd prefer to make /usr a symlink to / on new installs, while
retaining full backward compatibility for existing users, and requiring
zero packaging changes.  But the other way would also be possible--it
would just be a matter of d-i setting up the links.  But none of this is
the primary reason for doing this initially.


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