few ideas how to make fedora better as a desktop
notting at redhat.com
Wed Mar 26 18:16:56 UTC 2008
Jonathan Underwood (jonathan.underwood at gmail.com) said:
> > To do a full /sbin -> /bin migration, you'd need to:
> > 1) Rebuild all packages to change paths
> > 2) Maintain a list of things that are commonly referenced by third-party/local
> > scripts by path
> > 3) Build a package that provides those symlinks
> Doesn't step 3 render step 2 redundant?
If you want to provide *everything* as a symlink, I suppose. Gets
rather gross rather fast.
> > I fail to see how this is more efficient than just modifying $PATH. (Actually
> > I fail to see what horribly necessary commands are causing this to be a
> > big issue, but that's beside the point.)
> > You can't just symlink /sbin to /bin, because that will blow up RPM
> > very badly.
> Why's that?
rpm lays files down in a simple repeatable fashion, for any path /foo/bar/baz:
- write to /foo/bar/baz.$tempname
- rename("/foo/bar/baz.$tempname", "/foo/bar/baz")
This ensures that the path is updated to the new file atomically, which you really
What happens when /foo/bar/baz is a populated directory is left as an exercise
for the user.
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