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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RE[3]: Do we care? Really?
by Decius on Tue 19th Aug 2008 23:48 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Do we care? Really?"
Decius
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2006-01-03

If your problem is finding things, you probably don't know how to fix any significant problems


Rather than respond to your specious reasoning as a personal attack I'll simply point out that you may have missed the point of my comment, and possibly the whole article. The problem lies in consistency of experience. When the system that is supposed to result in a consistent ability to find files across all platforms using that system becomes an impediment, it needs fixing. You may have noticed that I support and use multiple OSes. When I have to go looking for other likely places that a file may be, due to the FSH being layed out or used slightly differently in a different distribution, and then find that file in an unexpected place, that means that there are fundamental issues and inefficiencies with the system. Not everyone is on the same page, possibly because the system is no longer truly standardized, it leaves room for ambiguity. Ambiguity is not a good thing. All this makes supporting my clients a slower process than necessary, because I constantly am having to verify whether things are where they are supposed to be.

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