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[2]: About time...
by Alfman on Tue 31st Jan 2012 03:34 UTC in reply to "RE: About time..."
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Thank you so much for the pointer to GoboLinux, it's a great concept!! In my own distro I faced many similar challenges when I tried to modernize the legacy paths since so many applications hard code them.

I found using symbolic links worked, but that's very unclean when the namespace is cluttered with both the old and new paths. I see that GoboLinux solves this with a new kernel feature called GoboHide, which provides an element of backwards compatibility while cleaning directory listings.

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