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Re: No to StowFS!

From: Thomas Bushnell BSG
Subject: Re: No to StowFS!
Date: Wed, 08 Feb 2006 14:53:28 -0800
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karl@freefriends.org (Karl Berry) writes:

> Although I can believe that our own packages could be compiled to avoid
> /usr without an impossible amount of difficulty, this does not take
> account of users' own scripts and programs.  Essentially all of which
> depend on /usr, since it has been around since day 1 of Unix.  It would
> not be good for GNU if users could not run their longstanding scripts
> and processes without having to "port" it -- very frustrating waste of
> time.  (All the POSIX madness has caused similar frustrations, but no
> /usr at all would be another whole level of agony.)

Actually, /usr was an invention in Version Seven.

It was created for reasons which made sense at the time, and are
entirely irrelevant today.

Still, we will surely need the /usr symlink for a long time for just
this reason.  

We are, it seems to me, just fine the way we are now.  We regard /usr
as deprecated for the Hurd, since the reasons for it are entirely
moot, and we have a symlink to preserve compatibility for just the
reasons you indicate.

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