Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Aug 2008 23:33 UTC, submitted by Charles Wilson
Editorial GoboLinux is a distribution which sports a different file system structure than 'ordinary' Linux distributions. In order to remain compatible with the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard, symbolic links are used to map the GoboLinux tree to standard UNIX directories. A post in the GoboLinux forums suggested that it might be better to turn the concept around: retain the FHS, and then use symbolic links to map the GoboLinux tree on top of it. This sparked some interesting discussion. Read on for more details.
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Both of these functions are essential while installing, updating, or removing packages. They are also completely irrelevant in distributions like Gobo because Gobo keeps things separate.

Not entirely true. It might keep the files separate - but then it goes and symlinks everything back into the old locations for compatibility with the rest of the world. The Gobo package management tools may have an easier job of tracking which files belong to a package, but they're in just as big a mess maintaining a tree of symlinks. If two versions of Bash are installed side-by-side, something presumably is tracking which one is the default...

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