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Re: Hurd FS hierarchy (was Re: LD_LIBRARY_PATH troubles)

From: Andreas Voegele
Subject: Re: Hurd FS hierarchy (was Re: LD_LIBRARY_PATH troubles)
Date: 19 Mar 2002 08:32:15 +0100
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Thomas Bushnell writes:

> Jeroen Dekkers <> writes:
> > Yes, but I can't find a rationale for the /sbin directory.
> It is for programs which are "only generally useful to system
> administrators".

Who decides what is only useful to system administrators?

Only Solaris systems, ping is in /usr/sbin.  On Debian, it is in /bin.
On the other hand, traceroute is in /usr/sbin.  I can't see much
difference between ping and traceroute as far as the usefulness for
users is concerned.

I know that the ping vs. traceroute topic has been discussed on
debian-devel and I don't think that /sbin should be given up.

But programs should not be left in /sbin for historical reasons.

And programs that are only useful to system administrators on
GNU/Linux systems should be moved from /sbin to /bin if they are
useful to normal users on the Hurd.

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