I'm probably late to the party, but recently I learned that having
/usr on a separate partition is not such a good idea anyway - some things during the early Linux boot expect
/usr to be available - so generally there will be silent failures unless you also modify the initrd to mount /usr during the early boot:
Most of the failures you will experience with /usr split off and not pre-mounted
in the initramfs are graceful failures: they won't become directly visible,
however certain features become unavailable due to these failures.
Here's a short, very in-comprehensive list of software we are aware that currently
they are not able to provide the full set of functionality when /usr is split off
and not pre-mounted at boot: udev-pci-db/udev-usb-db and all rules depending on
this (using the PCI/USB database in /usr/share), PulseAudio, NetworkManager, '
ModemManager, udisks, libatasmart, usb_modeswitch, gnome-color-manager, usbmuxd,
ALSA, D-Bus, CUPS, Plymouth, the locale logic of most programs and a lot of
See Booting Without /usr is Broken for more details.