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Re: Getting rid of /usr for F12?



Lennart Poettering wrote:
Heya,

there's one topic that keeps popping up in various discussions: can't
we get rid of /usr? The seperation of / and /usr doesn't make much
sense anymore.
This is a very short-sighed view.

We could make /usr a symlink to / for an interims phase
and everything would be good for conservative folks who think the FHS
is the holy bible.
Religiousity isn't the point - The point is: There are reasons for why the FHS rsp. the GNU standards are setup the way they are.

In the past more and more stuff has been moved from /usr to /.
Not quite: Actually, only very few files have been moved from /usr
to /. The overwhelming majority resides in /usr.

Let's eliminate this source of errors and clean up our file system
layout a bit. Let's drop /usr for F12!
Well, I guess,  I don't have pronounce what I think about this proposal.

And for the folks who think /usr is awesome because it allows mounting
/usr ro while mounting / rw: it's not.
Much more useful it would be if
/ in its entirety could be mounted ro. Debian allows that. It's not
too hard to make that work on fedora as well.
You are oversimplifying.

Mounting / ro: will never work (/var, /tmp, /etc etc.) , while mounting /usr ro: should be pretty simply.

Actually, anything, which prevents mounting /usr ro: qualifies as plain and simple "system integration bug".

We wouldn't exactly be the first system without /usr as it seems.
Yes, Windows never had it and other crippled *nix variants who aimed at imitating Windows IIRC, have tried to avoid it also.


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