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

On Wed, May 08, 2013 at 05:32:13PM +0200, Helmut Grohne wrote:
> On Wed, May 08, 2013 at 12:19:25PM +0200, Philipp Kern wrote:
> > Fedora updates are different. (And so are Ubuntu updates, if one considers
> > that it's possible to provide fixup scripts to update-manager pre-upgrade.)
> > As long as we're supporting upgrades through plain apt, that's going to
> > be hard. Especially if you have non-distro packages installed that need
> > to be migrated as well, with the tracking information updated.

> Maybe the issue here shouldn't be changing the default. After all there
> is a quite vocal opposition to such a step. I fail to see consensus in
> the recent mails without even contributing a personal opinion here.

> So really what does it take to e.g. move /bin and stuff to /usr? Did
> anyone try that? Where is that documented? What problems did occur?

It takes initramfs support for correctly mounting /usr from the initramfs.
Until we have that, all the should/shouldn't, do it by default, etc.
discussions are pointless.

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

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