On 04/27/2012 12:13 AM, Fabian Groffen wrote:
> In my humble opinion, the essential bit missing here, is where both
> camps respect each other. That is, not to make it impossible for either
> camp to follow their vision.
> I've made suggestions for this in the last council meeting. The options
> we have as Gentoo -- a remarkable flexible and well controllable
> source-based distribution -- are numerous. We can have special
> profiles, introduce new USE-flags, etc.
> So far, the discussion has indicated not more than a shift of programs
> from / to /usr. This, IMO, should be controlled by a profile/use-flag
> setting. That is, gen_usr_ldscript should NOT go, but rather stay, and
> just do nothing if the user is following the GnomeOS vision.
Has anybody created an antithetical document to "The Case for the /usr
Merge"? It could be called "The Case Against the /usr Merge", and it
would be useful to have such a document in order to justify support of
the special profiles and USE-flags that you propose.
There is an obvious demand to provide a way forward for Gentoo's
installed base of separate-/usr-without-initramfs systems, but using
your proposed profiles and USE-flags as the way forward seems like
overkill in comparison to the simple alternatives that exist:
Alternative 1: Don't install /usr on a separate partition
Alternative 2: Mount /usr early with an initramfs
So, if we're going to move forward with your proposed profiles and
USE-flags, then let's create a document to justify it.