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Old 07-02-2012, 08:19 AM
Vincent Danjean
 
Default Bug#679853: general: Too much downtime during a big dist-upgrade - avoidable with snapshots

Le 02/07/2012 08:48, Alexander E. Patrakov a écrit :
> 2012/7/2 Philipp Kern <pkern@debian.org>:
>> Alexander,
>> it is not sufficient on a Debian system to just branch off the root filesystem
>> given that important state information of the package manager is stored in
>> /var.
>
> Yes, this seems to be a valid objection.
>
> However [call me a heretic if you want] does this state information
> really belong to /var? It is written to only when /usr is written to,
> by the same package manager that modifies the root fs and /usr. Maybe
> it's time to move it to /usr so that it is not intermixed with really
> variable user data.

dpkg and apt are not the only one packages that use /var.
Lots of webapp install a symlink farm.

python-support also create symlink/compile bytecode in /var

And I'm sure we can find lots of others.

Regards,
Vincent


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