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Re: usrmerge -- plan B?




On Wed, Nov 21, 2018 at 09:28:11PM +0000, Holger Levsen wrote:
Or what am I missing?

The possibility that your system will break? The current usrmerge package has no test mode, will bail with a partially-converted system if it runs into problems, and has no way to revert the process. A sysadmin putting the same file into /bin and /usr/bin will cause the process to abort. I've seen a heck of a lot of systems in the wild where someone copies a file all over the place because some stupid 3rd party software requried it or told them it was a good idea or because they weren't quite sure what the problem was and maybe this would fix it. Historically debian has had a well-deserved reputation for very reliable upgrades--let's not mess this up for something with such ambiguous benefits as a forced usrmerge.

If there has been serious discussion of making this mandatory before now, I missed it. https://wiki.debian.org/UsrMerge itself calls just *recommending* the process a future item.