March 30, 2011

Introducing /run

Lennart Poettering has sent out a note warning Fedora users that they will see a new top-level /run directory soon. "In the past weeks key people from the Debian, Suse, Ubuntu and Fedora camps (and others, too) discussed the whole issue forth and back, to find a solution to stop the misuse of /dev before it becomes even more widespread. Various solutions have been suggested, but in the end it all boiled down to the fact that /var/run does not belong beneath /var and what we really want is a top-level directory /run, and that that is the only really clean solution. The only reason why nobody dared to actually implement such a directory was unwillingness to deal with the political backlash, especially messy discussions on mailing lists like this one." The ensuing discussion has not entirely disappointed, but it looks like /run will carry the day.

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