useless and useful distinctions
Posted Jan 27, 2012 5:16 UTC (Fri) by eru
Parent article: The case for the /usr merge
It is surprising how much passion this trivial issue raises. Having used various Unix and Linux over the years, I got used to random variation in the usage of /bin and /usr/bin, and find it just an irritant that can well be eliminated. Just occasionally wastes a bit of time when porting scripts.
By the same logic, the distinction between the bin and sbin directories could also be eliminated.
By contrast, it would be useful to ghettoize all GUI programs to their own bin. They are typically large, depend on huge shared libraries and data files, and are not needed in all installations. In the distant past they usually lived in /usr/X11/bin. Something like this could be brought back. Probably better name it /usr/gui/bin to not tie it to any particular GUI platform.
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