Yutaka Niibe

/bin -> /usr/bin

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Yeah, this has been brewing for years in Fedora. Overall the page is informative and correct and in particular it explains well why they chose to symlink /bin -> /usr/bin rather than the other way around. The only thing that annoyed me was:
The biggest part of Linux software is built with GNU autoconf/automake (i.e. GNU autotools), which are unaware of the Linux-specific /usr split. Maintaining the /usr split requires non-trivial project-specific handling in the upstream build system, and in your distribution's packages.
Well. You call ./configure --prefix=/ instead of ./configure --prefix=/usr. But maybe that's instead a bit of an oversimplification, and anyway I do buy the argument that higher uniformity among packages reduces the maintenance burden.

Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) at 2017-07-18T08:18:26Z

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Oh, Mageia did this years ago. So did Archlinux =)

JanKusanagi at 2017-07-18T11:57:05Z

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