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The case for the /usr merge

The case for the /usr merge

Posted Jan 29, 2012 21:55 UTC (Sun) by elanthis (guest, #6227)
In reply to: The case for the /usr merge by mpr22
Parent article: The case for the /usr merge

This is in part because the library wasn't designed for this use case in the first place.*

However, why should the library be directly dlopen'd? Why not put a plugin architecture into wpa_supplicant itself, with the plugin linking against the library normally, and with only a very narrow and plugin-friendly interface being shared across that dlopen boundary? This even makes it trivial to have the package manager intelligently support the package dependencies by putting the plugin in its own package; users who need the feature install the plugin and get all dependencies pulled in, and users who don't will not need those. There's then a case to be made that the network configuration tools in Anaconda and the desktop tools need to be made aware of feature package dependencies to pull these things in automatically, but that's a polish thing (not FOSS's strength, but not out of the realm of possibility by any stretch).

[*] There's an argument to be made -- especially in the FOSS world where the source is available and modifiable by anyone and everyone -- that libraries should offer the kinds of interfaces their clients prefer, rather than client applications making "not our fault" claims when library interfaces don't allow features users want (like moving dependencies from compile-time to run-time).


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The case for the /usr merge

Posted Jan 30, 2012 2:30 UTC (Mon) by HelloWorld (guest, #56129) [Link]

The question is, why bother? It works just fine now and nobody outside the embedded world cares about the few dozen kB of "bloat" libpcsclite induces. On embedded systems, a custom-compiled version can be used. Any amount of time spent on stuff like this would a useless waste of developer resources.


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