Subject: Re: HEADS UP: migration to fully dynamic linked "base" system
To: Daniel Carosone <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Robert Elz <kre@munnari.OZ.AU>
Date: 08/27/2002 20:42:27
Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2002 22:45:45 +1000
From: Daniel Carosone <email@example.com>
| Right, they where the place where programs written by users of the
| system were put. Over time, a certain collection became commonplace,
| I guess.
No, that's not what /usr/bin was.
It was simpler than that, the / filesystem filled up, and stuff
had to be put elsewhere (and because / was the size of the drive
in use at the time, just making it bigger wasn't an option - unix
didn't have either ccd or raidframe at the time...)
We went though all of this the last time people started wondering
about /bin vs /usr/bin splits, and why, and what belongs where.
I asked dmr, and what he said is what is above. Note this happened
*very* early in the evolution of unix, when the drives were about 5MB...
(That is, before the 74 CACM paper was written).