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Re: No to StowFS!

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: Re: No to StowFS!
Date: Thu, 02 Feb 2006 23:13:30 +0100

   I was thinking about why we need to merge all packages on the root
   filesystem is this is not a requirement of POSIX. Posix uses PATH
   to determine where the executable files are, lib directories are
   setted on /etc/ld.so.conf, others directiories of packages are not
   important to the system at all, only to the package, so, it can be
   on the "package directory" inside stow. The unique directory that I
   think that will need to be merged is /include. So, instead a
   translator that merges all the filesystem, what we realy need is a
   translator to change PATH and emulates ld.so.conf, so, you will
   have a very organized directory structure without break POSIX

Stowfs doesn't break POSIX compability (POSIX doesn't concern it self
with the directory layout of the system, the only few entries it needs
is /dev/console and something else, /bin etc isn't something POSIX
mandates, or even makes a note about).  ld.so.conf is also quite a
crude hack, and runpath should be used instead.  None of your
arguments argue about why stowfs is a bad idea, infact, all of what
you want is done by stowfs.

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