Sean M. Collins on 3 Nov 2011 10:33:43 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] /bin and /sbin

Ah, this brings back lots of painful memories about filesystem layouts
in Linux distros. I switched to FreeBSD just because they have a
sensible layout.

FreeBSD uses /bin and /sbin for the base system, then /usr/local/bin and
/usr/local/sbin for ports (equivalent of packages in Fedora-ese)

> The basic issue is that apparently booting without /usr available is
> already broken on some configurations

Ah - FreeBSD's layout traditionally is with /usr as separate partition.
Never assume your partitions will always be readable, let alone
writable. As long as your root partition mounts you're in business in

In addition, if you really hose your system midway through an upgrade
(blow away the linker or loader, for example) you can use statically
linked binaries in /rescue.

Sean M. Collins
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