The boot strap utility for the upcoming release of Debian 9 "Stretch" will feature the ability to merge utilities from the root file system into the /usr file system. This essentially means directories like /bin and /sbin will simply be symbolic links to content stored in /usr/bin and /usr/sbin. Ansgar Burchardt has suggested this file system layout might be made the default behaviour for future versions of Debian: "It has been previously suggested to make this the default for (at least) new installations. I think Russ' earlier mail explains quite well why the split between / and /usr doesn't really work out for Debian these days and that trying to maintain it for some configurations (which are not documented) is mostly busy-work. There is also a nice article on LWN summarizing earlier discussions. I found these arguments convincing enough and would like to see the default switched to merged-/usr for Stretch and later. Possibly also switching systems on upgrade to the new scheme (not necessarily already in the Stretch release cycle)." Further details and discussion can be found on the Debian Devel mailing list.
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