UsrMove feature (was Re: FESCo meeting minutes for 2011-10-24)

Chris Adams cmadams at
Tue Oct 25 20:11:30 UTC 2011

Once upon a time, Bill Nottingham <notting at> said:
> I'm not sure why this would even be discussed.
> ln -s /usr/bin /bin, and move along to other business.

I think someone proposed (as an addition to UsrMove) having the /bin,
/sbin, etc. symlinks deprecated and to remove them in a couple of
releases.  IMHO aside from necessary compatibility (such as the dynamic
loader being in /lib{,64}), there's way too much history involved in
/bin (and to a lesser extend /sbin) to ever consider removing the

More importantly, there's no compelling reason FOR removing them, other
than somebody's idea of neatness.  I have no problem removing compat
symlinks when they are no longer needed; I just don't believe that will
ever be the case for /bin, /lib{,64}, and /sbin.
Chris Adams <cmadams at>
Systems and Network Administrator - HiWAAY Internet Services
I don't speak for anybody but myself - that's enough trouble.

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