Splitting this up since i'm kind of starting two threads here..
----- Documentation discussion -----
On 16/10/11 02:44 PM, Zac Medico wrote:
> Well, you'll have to define the meaning of "support" in this context. I
> simply said that it shouldn't be encouraged, with me reason being that
> it tends to add unnecessary complexity (in violation of the KISS
> principle ).
I would agree with this (that it shouldn't be encouraged), but I don't
think the Handbook is encouraging it now, as it is written..
>> As per the documentation itself, Code Listing 2.1 is i believe an
>> example of what is possible, not what we are encouraging users to do.
>> That doc seems pretty clear that the default is partitioning scheme is
>> the default /boot,/,swap ...
> Why should our main installation docs mention a configuration that the
> vast majority of our users (all?) would be better off without?
You'd have to talk to the original authors to confirm but I believe this
would be to illustrate the possibilities and give users info that will
let them think about their partitioning scheme, instead of telling them
what to do. Essentially, to introduce and educate about partitions and
(it is the Gentoo Handbook, not the Gentoo Quick Install Howto, after all)
> What's the benefit of having /usr on a separate partition anyway?
I think that's covered rather generically in the guide -- different fs
type, won't run out of space on / if /usr fills up, different mount
options (ie, mounting ROOT ro and /usr rw); and of course if /usr is on
separate physical media (ie, a nice big RAID, while / is on, say, a
----- Support/implementation discussion -----
> ... If people want that, I think it's perfectly
> reasonable to expect them to use either an initramfs or a simple linuxrc
> approach  to ensure that /usr is mounted before init starts.
...this would make sense, although in terms of "support" i think it
would be appropriate that we would provide this linuxrc wrapper on any
init system that needs /usr mounted.