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Author: Olaf Meeuwissen
To: Curtis Maurand
CC: Martin Steigerwald, dng
Subject: Re: [DNG] Avoid the merge

Curtis Maurand via Dng <dng@???> writes:

> Sent from my iPhone
>> On Dec 12, 2022, at 5:40 AM, Martin Steigerwald <martin@???> wrote:
>> Hi!
>> I do hope that Devuan can avoid that usrmerge madness forever. It
>> appears to me that at least for Debian 12 based Devuan 5 aka Daedalus it
>> still can.
>> usrmerge (35) unstable; urgency=medium
>> .
>>   * Partially revert and further change the fix for #1024596, because it
>>     was incomplete and would fail when the directory containing the
>>     RTLD (e.g. /lib64) did not exist in /usr. (Closes: #1025926)

>> Just what can possibly go wrong?
>> Even if done "right" according to
>> https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/Dpkg/MergedUsr
>> I am not interested in it.
> Isn’t that one of the things SCO did? It doesn’t make any sense to
> me. part of the reason for separating those dirs was security: to keep
> the residents of those dirs out of the hand of ordinary users.

The reason to separate things was not to keep things out of the hands of
ordinary users but limited space in the root file system. Anything not
needed to boot/restore a system was put in /usr so you could put that on
another partition.

# If it were a security thing, you should not be able to put /bin and/or
# /sbin in your PATH. But you are.

Now that partition size is no longer an issue, some folks want to move
everything to /usr because the reason for the split is gone. I think
they've got things backwards. Everything should be moved out of /usr
and back into / if you really care!

Personally, I kind of like the idea of a separate /usr, even if it's
only because of my own inertia ;-)

Hope this helps,
Olaf Meeuwissen