On Tue, 2021-01-26 at 13:17 +0200, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> We can (and should, IMO) declare *today* that for bookworm, shipping
> files in / (as opposed to /usr) that are not compatibility symlinks
> will be RC.

I fear we are drifting away from just deciding to move to merged-/usr
to implementation details, but I originally[1] suggested to wait one
release between making merged-/usr mandatory (could happen in bookworm)
and moving installation paths in packages (could happen in trixie).

This seems to avoid several problems:
- partial upgrades to bookworm or backported packages from bookworm to
bullseye and from trixie to bookworm should still just work (backports
from then-testing trixie to then-oldstable bullseye, that is over two
releases, would need to take a bit more care)
- we need to touch packages for the move only once
- compat symlinks have various problems (cf. references to essential
packages[2] and OpenSuSE[3]).


  [1]: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2020/11/msg00232.html
  [2]: https://lists.debian.org/debian-ctte/2021/01/msg00041.html
  [3]: https://lists.debian.org/debian-ctte/2021/01/msg00037.html

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