Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Jan 2012 20:39 UTC
General Unix Finally something really interesting to talk about. If you've used UNIX or any of its derivatives, you've probably wondered why there's /bin, /sbin, /usr/bin, /usr/sbin in the file system. You may even have a rationalisation for the existence of each and every one of these directories. The thing is, though - all these rationalisations were thought up after these directories were created. As it turns out, the real reasoning is pretty damn straightforward.
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why not / instead of /usr
by gelendir on Mon 30th Jan 2012 21:16 UTC
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Fedora has the right idea in mind when they want to simplify the Linux hierarchy, but why put everything in /usr ? Historically /usr was for the user directories, but we've got /home that is now the de facto. Why not put everything back in /bin, /sbin, /lib, etc ? At least you wouldn't need to type 'cd /usr' everytime you need to go somewhere

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