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Re: [opensuse] Separate /usr?
  • From: Per Jessen <per@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2012 07:38:01 +0200
  • Message-id: <k026np$nr5$>
Andreas Jaeger wrote:

On 08/09/2012 05:36 PM, Brian K. White wrote:

I think it's at least safe to say that it's no one's place to try to
tell anyone else, let alone everyone else, something as sweeping as
"there is no use for separate /usr".

Asking why someone does it is the wrong question. They do. And they
have their reasons. And the OS needs to support it. Or else become
less useful and useful to less.


It's interesting that in this thread - if I didn't miss anything -
many people told why having separate partitions are useful. I agree
with that. I just don't remember seeing a use case why a separate /usr
is beneficial. Yes, people do it - and openSUSE continues to support
it - but the only reasons I'm aware of are historical like [1].

So, what is the reason to create a separate /usr with openSUSE 12.2?

Having a read-only /usr is useful for NFS-mounting to thin clients. We
have a cluster that runs like that - not exactly thin, but sharing /usr
makes managing everything much easier.
Probably not a reason for creating a separate /usr, but it would be nice
to have the support for it.

Per Jessen, Zürich (16.2°C)

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