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Re: Conflict between GNU CS and FHS

From: Tom 'spot' Callaway
Subject: Re: Conflict between GNU CS and FHS
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2006 15:18:18 -0600

On Sat, 2006-03-18 at 17:47 +0100, Alfred M. Szmidt wrote:
>    I'm pretty sure the GNU CS is wrong here. There are very good
>    reasons to let /usr be read-only. IMHO, /var/ would be a much
>    better place for a sharedstate directory.
> The GCS isn't wrong here, on GNU $(prefix) will be empty, so
> $(sharedstatedir) will be equal to /com.  If one is worried about
> old/broken systems that still use /usr, a simple fix is to make
> /usr/com a symbolic link to /com or some such.  The reason why /usr is
> broken today is simply because what it tries to achive can be solved
> using directory unions so an extra directory like /usr isn't needed to
> seperate data.

Old broken systems defined as "every UNIX platform in use today". Utopia
is a nice place to shoot for, but we've got to live in the real world.

Then again, I'm not opposed to making /com be the home for
sharedstatedir (with a symlink). I just think its a little presumptious
to be referring to /usr like it is an abnormal feature of a corner case

Tom "spot" Callaway: Red Hat Senior Sales Engineer || GPG ID: 93054260
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