Re: [dev] app locations?

From: Laslo Hunhold <>
Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:56:56 +0200

On Mon, 17 Oct 2016 16:07:24 +0100
Dimitris Papastamos <> wrote:


> everything in /bin

I agree Dimitris. Some people really do love about the benefits of
separating into /bin, /usr/bin, /usr/local/bin, /opt/bin and so on.
Let's stop this madness! There is no reason to support this ancient
concept of a separate /usr-partition. The age of tape-drives is over,
there is no need for it. And I must admit, it really makes things
complicated in a lot of respects.
I hear arguments that you put user-specific applications into /usr/bin
and general applications into /bin, however, what kind of joke is this
distinction anyway? In my opinion, we should also get rid of /sbin. We
are entering the age where we don't have "root" and "normal" users.
doas(1) gives us an impression that "normal" users can just as easily
execute sbin-binaries as long as they are allowed to in doas.conf.

Putting everything in /bin really would be a courageous, but also
logical and inspiring move. In the long term, we might even think about
defaulting to the / prefix in our makefiles rather than /usr. What do
you guys think about it?



Laslo Hunhold <>
Received on Mon Oct 17 2016 - 17:56:56 CEST

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