Re: usrmerge -- plan B?
- Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2018 16:40:29 -0500
- From: Michael Stone <mstone@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: 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.