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Dividing the Linux desktop
LWN.net Weekly Edition for June 13, 2013
A report from pgCon 2013
Little things that matter in language design
/etc has to be on the root filesystem (or possibly be mounted by an initramfs if you use one): it contains /etc/fstab, which is required to mount the rest.
Various notes on /usr unification
Posted Feb 29, 2012 0:09 UTC (Wed) by rgmoore (subscriber, #75)
Unless you move /root (how could we forget about that?) to /var/root first. At that point, /etc would be the only non-mount point under /, so you could convert / into a virtual filesystem that just contained a bunch of mount points, with /etc being one of those mounts.
Posted Feb 29, 2012 8:14 UTC (Wed) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523)
Root will still be able to login even without their home directory in emergencies.
Posted Feb 29, 2012 15:56 UTC (Wed) by jengelh (subscriber, #33263)
The point of /root not being in /home is even more volatile (as in: potentially not available due to whatever outage) than /usr.
Posted Mar 1, 2012 12:38 UTC (Thu) by smurf (subscriber, #17840)
Posted Mar 1, 2012 12:56 UTC (Thu) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523)
Maybe it could be a job for union mounts (once Valerie Aurora gets them mainlined).
Posted Mar 3, 2012 17:00 UTC (Sat) by dpquigl (subscriber, #52852)
Posted Mar 3, 2012 22:07 UTC (Sat) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523)
And no, I'm not aware of any progress in that area.
Posted Mar 4, 2012 18:02 UTC (Sun) by dpquigl (subscriber, #52852)
Posted Mar 4, 2012 22:36 UTC (Sun) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523)
However, FUSE itself is not ready at all for high-performance filesystems. It's fine for things like sshfs over WAN but totally sucks for local filesystems.
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