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Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2012 15:41:42 +0200
From: Luca Barbato <>
Subject: Re: filesystem layout

On 09/25/2012 03:09 PM, Christian Neukirchen wrote:
> Luca Barbato <> writes:
>> On 09/25/2012 01:26 PM, Kurt H Maier wrote:
>>> On Tue, Sep 25, 2012 at 01:22:44PM +0200, Luca Barbato wrote:
>>>> Static linking could be dangerous from a security/maintainance
>>>> standpoint, but that is me looking at the specific scenarios in which
>>>> Gentoo shines.
>>> This is a common myth.  lazy or ineffective system management is a
>>> danger regardless of the linking type.
>> Spending lots of time unbundling dependencies from packages so they
>> could use the up-to-date shared version might bring you to have a bias.
>> Any system management that force you to reinstall all your packages
>> because zlib had a bug doesn't seem efficient.
> Note that you need to *restart all programs using zlib* anyway.
> So what's the difference between
> tar xzpf base.tar.gz
> and
> tar xzpf zlib.tar.gz

I guess the whole thing is derailing. You assume that you have a daemon
or some kind of permanent program, I'm considering all the programs,
permanent and transient.

Even in your scenario

sys-libs/zlib- 31 files, 16 non-files, 767.242 KB

Updating zlib would take less than 1mb uncompressed.

Updating a whole system few order of magnitude.

Again, we are derailing the purpose of this mailing list.

The original question could be summarized as "would musl require a
specific filesystem layout or non-fhs could be used easily?" and the
answer IMHO is that there isn't much in libc that requires a specific


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