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[4]: Do we care? Really?
by Gunderwo on Wed 20th Aug 2008 01:05 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Do we care? Really?"
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I also wasn't disagreeing with your assertions about the filesystem being unnecessarily complex. I agree with a lot of the points you have made.

I was just pointing out that globally accesible file locations for anything are a security risk. I was just using your font example to point that out.

The biggest issue with improving FHS is inertia. Trying to change something that works, even if not optimally may "cost" more than just fixing it. Think of the cost of fixing all the software that has made assumptions about the locations of certain files. Hence trying to point out that something could be better will constantly be met with arguments of why to keep it the same. Legacy is a bi@tch.

I admire the intentions behind GoboLinux and I understand the reason for the path they have chosen using symlinks. It's a hack, but in order to maintain compatibility with a lot of software it's a necessary evil. I just sometimes wonder if the cost is really worth it. Is the existing FHS really so bad, is it costing us so much that we should undertake the cost needed to make everything work in a more elegant fashion. I don't have the answer, I'm just re wording the question.

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