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From: Joshua Kinard <kumba@g.o>
To: gentoo-dev@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-dev] Let's redesign the entire filesystem! [was newsitem: unmasking udev-181]
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2012 00:17:13
Message-Id: 4F5FE34A.4030609@gentoo.org
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-dev] Let's redesign the entire filesystem! [was newsitem: unmasking udev-181] by James Broadhead
On 03/13/2012 07:54, James Broadhead wrote:

> On 13 March 2012 01:22, Joshua Kinard <kumba@g.o> wrote: >> We should be working to getting rid of /usr and bring it all back into /, >> then create temporary /usr symlinks to point programs in the right >> direction. After all, /usr was originally for user data, not system data, >> until someone cooked up /home (I don't know the full exact history here, so >> feel free to correct me). >> > > I believe that the Art of Unix Programming* says that /usr was the > result of the original UNIX 4MB hard disk becoming full, and that they > chose /usr to mount a second one. Every definition since then has been > an attempt to justify preserving the split.
Sounds like how a lot of UNIXy things came into being. This is why I think /usr should be merged back into /, not the other way around. Although, both approaches essentially achieve the same effect in the end, once you move /etc and a few other bits, then point the kernel at "/usr". -- Joshua Kinard Gentoo/MIPS kumba@g.o 4096R/D25D95E3 2011-03-28 "The past tempts us, the present confuses us, the future frightens us. And our lives slip away, moment by moment, lost in that vast, terrible in-between." --Emperor Turhan, Centauri Republic

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