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From: Matthew Thode <prometheanfire@g.o> (prometheanfire)
To: gentoo-dev@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-dev] rfc: locations of binaries and separate /usr
Date: Sun, 01 Jan 2012 07:35:18
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-dev] rfc: locations of binaries and separate /usr by "Olivier Crête"
On Sun, 01 Jan 2012 02:12:22 -0500
Olivier Crête <tester@g.o> wrote:

> Hi, > > On Sat, 2011-12-31 at 19:59 -0600, William Hubbs wrote: > > I have been working with robbat2 on solutions to the separate /usr > > issue (That is why I have specifically cc'd him on this email) > > which will allow people to not use an initramfs. If we migrate > > everything off of the root fs to /usr, all of those solutions become > > moot. On the other hand, if we don't migrate, we run the risk of > > eventually having our default configuration not supported by > > upstream. > > I think the general consensus among other distros is that initramfs is > the new /. Many core elements of the Linux system will start > installing themselves in /usr, starting with udev, so we won't have a > choice anyway. Also, I doubt it's currently possible to boot a Gentoo > system without /usr mounted anyway. > > > 1) Start migrating packages along with upstream and have everyone > > who has a separate /usr (including me by the way) start using an > > initramfs of some kind, either dracut or one that we generate > > specifically for gentoo. The reason I suggest the initramfs, is, > > unfortunately if we migrate everything, nothing else would work. > > I also don't see a good reason to not adopt dracut, re-implementing > something that already works and is maintained by a competent upstream > seems wasteful to me. I really don't see why people resist using an > initramfs so much. > > The udev/kmod/systemd/dracut effort to standardise the base userspace > of Linux is probably scary for quite a few Gentoo-ers as it means > that the end result of an installed Gentoo system will be less > differentiated than it was before. But it still is a step in the > right direction as most of these standardized pieces are much better > than what we currently have. The OpenRC/baselayout-2 fiasco, not much > better than baselayout-1 and unmaintained upstream shows that even a > relatively large distribution like us can't maintain a competitive > base system solution, adopting the udev/kmod/systemd way will allow > us to use all the work that they are doing and instead concentrate on > making a better system. >
All of my systems currently have a seperate /usr that is mounted at boot. Unfortunately I do agree that this is not something that we can fight. This was brought up earlier and the only thing we can do for people like myself (who mount /usr at boot) is to create a simple initramfs that only has the purpose of mounting /usr at boot. The main thing I don't like about initramfs is that we have to regenerate it any time we update the packages that get included in it. -- Matthew Thode (prometheanfire)


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