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Re: usrmerge -- plan B?




On Tue, Nov 27, 2018 at 09:50:40AM +0100, Philip Hands wrote:
Michael Stone <mstone@xxxxxxxxxx> writes:
On Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 03:08:09PM +0100, Marco d'Itri wrote:
I disagree both that simple testing (that you could do with a KVM
snapshot as well) would be hard and I disagree that the benefits of
merged-/usr would be minor.

Nobody has thus far pointed out a single benefit to someone merging usr
on an ordinary system.

I'll bite.

I have systems that were installed ages ago, which now have
insufficiently large root partitions.

So that's not an "ordinary" system, it's a system with an insufficiently large root partition, right?

BTW whenever anyone says something like "Nobody" or "Never" in these
discussions, they are just asking to be contradicted.  I'm pretty sure
that people have been pointing out advantages of various sorts for some
time, but that you have your filters turned up high enough that none of
them have managed to lodge in your memory.  (I cannot be bothered to
actually come up with a citation, because it's pretty clear that doing
so would make no difference).

No, I really haven't seen anything. I'm sure there are a lot of great advantages for particular systems, but if someone has a system that's working perfectly well and they're happy with, I haven't seen any explanation for why they'd want this change.