Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd Nov 2016 23:06 UTC
Debian and its clones

From the debian-devel mailing list:

debootstrap in unstable can now install with merged-/usr, that is with /bin, /sbin, /lib* being symlinks to their counterpart in /usr.

LWN.net published an article in January 2016 going into this then-proposed change.

Debian is the latest Linux distribution to consider moving away from the use of separate /bin, /sbin, and /lib directories for certain binaries. The original impetus for requiring these directories was due to space limitations in the first Unix implementations, developers favoring the change point out. But today, many of the services on a modern Linux system impose requirements of their own on the partition scheme - requirements that make life far simpler if /bin, /sbin, and /lib can be symbolic links to subdirectories within a unified /usr directory. Although some resistance was raised to the change, the project now seems to be on track to make "merged /usr" installations a supported option. And perhaps more importantly, the arguments favoring the merge suggest that many Debian developers would like to see that configuration eventually become the default.

Any steps to clean up Linux' FHS implementation - no matter how small - is cause for widespread celebration all across the land. Call it forth!

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RE: Comment by p13.
by laffer1 on Wed 23rd Nov 2016 15:04 UTC in reply to "Comment by p13."
laffer1
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2007-11-09

I second that. People will stop using the symlinks as a performance bump and then we'll start seeing scripts hard coded for /usr/bin/sh and other crazy non portable things.

This is going to make portability of scripts even worse than it is now across Linux & BSD systems. Even Linux to Linux will be hard now. (not that it's great as it is)

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RE[2]: Comment by p13.
by p13. on Wed 23rd Nov 2016 15:23 in reply to "RE: Comment by p13."
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2005-07-10

I second that. People will stop using the symlinks as a performance bump and then we'll start seeing scripts hard coded for /usr/bin/sh and other crazy non portable things.

This is going to make portability of scripts even worse than it is now across Linux & BSD systems. Even Linux to Linux will be hard now. (not that it's great as it is)


I use which or env

Aside from that, hope that $PATH is set correctly ;)

Edited 2016-11-23 15:26 UTC

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