Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Jan 2012 20:39 UTC
General Unix Finally something really interesting to talk about. If you've used UNIX or any of its derivatives, you've probably wondered why there's /bin, /sbin, /usr/bin, /usr/sbin in the file system. You may even have a rationalisation for the existence of each and every one of these directories. The thing is, though - all these rationalisations were thought up after these directories were created. As it turns out, the real reasoning is pretty damn straightforward.
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RE: why not / instead of /usr
by phoenix on Mon 30th Jan 2012 21:30 UTC in reply to "why not / instead of /usr"
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That would make more sense, in that the Linux initrd/initramfs has taken over the "goal" of the / directory (enough filesystem and utilities to boot the OS) which kind of makes / redundant. It would make more sense to move everything from /usr to /, then the other direction.

I can just see in Fedora 18 or 19 where the directories directly off / will be empty, which just seems pointless.

If they're going to "optimise" and "streamline" things, then at least do it right.

Of course, that would break just about every piece of software out there that expects to install to /usr. ;) But since when has Fedora ever worried about not breaking things needlessly?

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