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LSB testing out: SuSE top

By Dacta in News
Mon Oct 23, 2000 at 10:19:12 AM EST
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The Linux Standards Base (LSB) has released the inital test results for their Filesystem Hierarchy Standard (FHS)test.


The LSB is a long-running attempt to create standards to encourage portability between Linux distributions.

The Filesystem Hierarchy Standard test is the first specification delivered by the LSB (as far as I know). They note that These are unapproved test suites and issues remain both with the test suites and the specifications under test - so don't be too hung up on the results.

Having noted that, lets look at the results. Ten major distributions were tested, with SuSE 7 finishing top (238/243 tests passed) and Debian (Woody) second (226 passes). Redhat 7 was only 3 passes behind Debian (something of a surpise to all the RedHat conspiricy junkies, I suspect), while Caldera OpenLinux eServer and Mandrake 7.1 finished last and second-last with 199/243 and 200/243 tests passed respectivly. Slackware and Debian-Current were probably the major omissions from the test results.

The unfortunate fact is that I suspect this test result is fairly meaningless with regards to the future of potential distribution portability. It is much simpler to create a standard file hierarchy than many of the other challenges that face the LSB. Still, it is a step in the right direction.

(Also, I couldn't actually see a link to the actual FHS Spec. Perhaps some fresh eyes might find it.)

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LSB testing out: SuSE top | 6 comments (3 topical, 3 editorial, 0 hidden)
Much simpler, but still obviously complex (4.00 / 5) (#4)
by Aquarius on Mon Oct 23, 2000 at 09:19:21 AM EST

The unfortunate fact is that I suspect this test result is fairly meaningless with regards to the future of potential distribution portability. It is much simpler to create a standard file hierarchy than many of the other challenges that face the LSB. Still, it is a step in the right direction.
Ah, the point here, though, is that no distribution meets the FHS. So, if this is "much simpler", but still no-one can match it, how will they meet the remaining "challenges"?

I personally think that getting this sort of thing sorted out first is an important goal for the LSB; as I say, you have to be able to complete the "simple" challenges before you can meet those more complex.

Aq.


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FHS spec. (3.80 / 5) (#5)
by inspire on Mon Oct 23, 2000 at 09:55:10 AM EST

The article wanted a link to the FHS spec - you can find a version of it here.
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Other commentary on LSB (3.66 / 6) (#6)
by Maniac on Mon Oct 23, 2000 at 01:05:30 PM EST

FYI. Feedback on the Debian scores is available here. Some of the issues identified were "bugs in Debian", but others brought into question the accuracy of the test and/or is the "feature" being tested actually used in Linux. In some ways a good insight into understanding what a "test" really means.

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