Ubuntu should move all binaries to /usr/bin/
john.r.moser at gmail.com
Wed Nov 2 19:29:29 UTC 2011
On Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 3:01 PM, nick rundy <nrundy at hotmail.com> wrote:
> I came to ubuntu from Windows. And one thing Windows does well is make it
> easy to find an executable file (i.e., it's in C:\Program Files\). Finding
> an executable file in Ubuntu is frustrating & lacks organization that makes
> sense to users. Fedora is considering a fix for this issue. I think Ubuntu
> should do the same.
System binaries for administrative and basic shell tools go into /bin
and /sbin. Libraries go into /lib. This is well-known, it is
documented, it is standard. A system that cannot boot to the point of
mounting or giving a basic recovery console without /usr is not
We are not Windows. We do not go breaking standards that are
well-defined and reasoned for a variety of flexible use cases because
we "think" it would be "better" in some invisible way. You want to
find a binary? Here, I've solved this problem for you, completely.
It's easy. Do this:
luser$ which ls
luser$ which gnome-session
luser$ which synaptic
If it isn't in your path, then it's broken. Something strange has
happened. Yes, some applications (Mozilla...) do use a small shell
script that loads a binary from /usr/libexec/mozilla/bin/ and I find
this annoying and ill-designed. That's part of what XULrunner was
supposed to fix: a single Mozilla libs install to run all XUL apps.
I loudly proclaim that "reusable code" should not have one copy
installed as a separate library for each time it is reused, and that
this behavior is inconsistent and broken--that changing it will cause
the system to become nonfunctional means the brokenness isn't in where
we've installed it, but how the program was designed.
I wonder how many shell scripts will break when /bin/sh and /bin/bash
aren't there anymore.
> Here's a link to an article that talks about Fedora's idea:
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