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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The current system is great and all...
by intangible on Tue 19th Aug 2008 03:33 UTC
intangible
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2005-07-06

The current system is great and all once you look past all the 'exceptions to the rules' that are all over the place... But the thing that I love about the GoboLinux filesystem concept is how well it handles multiple versions of programs and libraries.
The current system of is horrid...
Just give me a directory structure with a separate directory for each version of a program / library, and then a symlink for the one I wish to make default. All the hackery involved to run say PHP 4, PHP 5 stable, and PHP 5 RC all at the same time on a computer is just insane.

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hobgoblin Member since:
2005-07-06

another neat trick is that one can pop a app dir off there, put it on a external drive, and ones one wants to use it, reattach it to the system via symlinks.

there are scripts available for it, and i have been pondering about learning enough python to automate the process.

memory sticks full of gobo apps anyone? ;)

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