Various notes on /usr unification
Posted Feb 28, 2012 5:19 UTC (Tue) by pr1268
Parent article: Various notes on /usr unification
As a Slackware (13.37) user, I'm curious how much impact usrmove would have on my system. Refer to:
me@mybox:~$ which ls
me@mybox:~$ file $(which ls)
/usr/bin/ls: symbolic link to `../../bin/ls'
me@mybox:~$ file /bin/ls
/bin/ls: ELF 32-bit LSB executable, Intel 80386, version 1 (SYSV), dynamically linked (uses shared libs), stripped
Apparently, Slackware places a lot of the "mission-critical" utilities in /bin and symlinks to them from /usr/bin1. Now, It'd be easy for me to move everything in /bin to /usr/bin (removing the symlinks first, of course), but then I'm wondering how much other stuff would break...
FWIW, my /usr is not on a separate partition. Accordingly, I'm guessing not much would break, and if it did, I could "restore" /bin via a symlink (as the article said other distros are doing). Might warrant some hacking time (after I back everything up first)...
> the practice of moving files and leaving a symbolic link in their place has a long history. Of course, somebody has probably patented it anyway.
On the one hand, our editor is known for his wry sense of humor. On the other hand, I get a little nervous sometimes when I think he might be closer to the truth with that statement than we'd like. :-\
1 I'm assuming this makes it easier for the shell to find executables as Slackware's profile scripts put /usr/bin in the $PATH earlier than /bin.
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