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#1 2024-02-20 22:08:24

Registered: 2016-11-25
Posts: 3,191  

UsrMerge Status: Testing/Excalibur and more

Dear Friends and Software Freedom Lovers,

This announcement[1] looks to Devuan's future and also to its
beginnings in 2015.

Debian is proceeding with a full implementation of the merged usr file
structure[2] during this current testing cycle. In order to focus Devuan's
available resources on our primary purpose regarding systemd, Devuan
developers have decided it is in the project's best interest to implement
the usrmerge.

# Navigating the merged usr transition

  1. Daedalus/stable is the final Devuan release that will function without
merged usr.

  2. The safest way to migrate from Daedalus/stable to Excalibur/testing
is to first ensure there is sufficient disk space to accommodate the merge
and that you have made backups before proceeding.

  3. Only then install the usrmerge package BEFORE proceeding with the
normal dist-upgrade steps.

  4. This document will be updated to reflect future changes as needed.

# Happy Birthday Devuan!

This announcement also celebrates Devuan's 9th birthday as the first
pre-alpha ISO was gifted to us on Valentine's Day 2015. The iconic boot
screen[3] was created for the event. Devuan's journey has been and
continues to be a labor of Love for all of us. Love of Linux. Love of
freedom. And Love of everyone on Starship Devuan.

Note that the timing was also a prophetic salute to Leonard Nimoy
who died less than two weeks after the release.

May Devuan live long and prosper!

The Devuan Dev Team

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#2 2024-02-20 23:37:58

From: Brisbane, Australia
Registered: 2019-07-18
Posts: 602  

Re: UsrMerge Status: Testing/Excalibur and more

Thank you for the heads-up! I'll keep this in mind for when I do my next clean install. I've avoided usrmerge up until now, I have read about it.

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#3 2024-02-21 13:06:01

Registered: 2020-04-22
Posts: 97  

Re: UsrMerge Status: Testing/Excalibur and more

Thx Golinux! It's good to be prepared and the Debian Wiki page linked above is good reading, even for a layman.


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