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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by bogomipz on Tue 31st Jan 2012 20:53 UTC
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Second, shared libraries solved the issues caused by static linking

Thom, what Rob said here was the exact opposite of your summary; shared libraries introduced a new problem that was not there before - they require bin and lib to match, so when splitting the system over two partitions you must, at the very least, make sure nothing in /bin depends on /usr/lib.

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