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Re: Clarification about section 3.1 (The Root Filesystem, Purpose)

From: Richard Kreuter
Subject: Re: Clarification about section 3.1 (The Root Filesystem, Purpose)
Date: Mon, 14 Oct 2002 11:51:20 -0500
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On Mon, Oct 14, 2002 at 05:25:28PM +0200, Alfred M. Szmidt wrote:
> Thomas Sippel - Dau <address@hidden> writes:
> > "Alfred M. Szmidt" wrote:
> >
> > The BIG problem with additional directories in / is that they need
> > planning for at every installation or upgrade, and will invariably
> > trip up administrators when the root disk fills up because somebody
> > has wanted an additional entry and starts stuffing data into it.
> As noted above, /usr is a link to / on GNU/Hurd, and the plan is to
> use a shadowfs/unionfs to solve the problem of "filling up /" (this is
> not the only problem they solve, but this is one of them).

  Note also that the working interpretation among the participants in
the discussion of a GNU/Hurd annex some months back was that any FHS
stipulation that a file or directory be found in a certain place can
be satisfied even if the file is "really" someplace else.  So, for
example, directories such as /usr/share and /usr/src are furnished by
having /share and /src, and /usr pointing to . in the root directory
(independent of whether /share and /src reside on a root disk).

Richard Kreuter

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