On Mon, 15 May 2023 at 14:36, Steve McIntyre <st...@einval.com> wrote:
> Hey Johannes,
> On Mon, May 15, 2023 at 06:48:04AM +0200, Johannes Schauer Marin Rodrigues 
> wrote:
> >So did we not years ago decide, that the result of the "cross- and
> >inter-project discussion" is, that everybody is going merged-/usr and that's
> >why we need it too and that's why it is okay to build a system where binaries
> >and scripts built for it just may not run on those other systems that do not 
> >do
> >it?  With merged-/usr we already *did* "change fundamental things around" for
> >reasons that are really not clear to me (but which i do not want to discuss
> >here) and as a result did not "care about interoperability" (with those who 
> >do
> >not also adopt it). In my own Debian work I so far only got extra work 
> >because
> >of merged-/usr and I do not see the benefits (yet) and I was hoping that
> >"changing fundamental things around Linux and (basically) not caring about
> >interoperability" was *not* Debian's attitude but alas here we are.
> >
> >So have we not already burned the bridges to the non-merged-/usr world? Why 
> >was
> >it okay back then to say "we can make this change because all other important
> >players are doing merged-/usr so we can/have to as well". And now in the
> >PT_INTERP discussion somehow we care again about those systems? I thought we
> >already had the "cross- and inter-project discussion" about merged-/usr and
> >because the result was "yes, go for it" we did it too. But if that is the 
> >case,
> >why do we now care for a subset of the interoperability problems caused by
> >merged-/usr for systems that don't have it?
> This change is absolutely *not* needed to make merged-/usr work; if
> anybody is claiming that it is, then they are not being 100% honest
> with us. All the other distros doing merged-/usr have done it without
> making this change, and it's also been working OK for us so far
> without this change.

That is absolutely true, it is not mandatory. It is one possible
solution (of many) to a particular use case being sounded out, that's
all. I don't think it was mentioned by anybody as needed, if it was,
happy to clarify.

Kind regards,
Luca Boccassi

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