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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RE[2]: About time...
by Aristocracies on Mon 30th Jan 2012 21:31 UTC in reply to "RE: About time..."
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I've answered this here:

But in case you also want to hear it from more official people:

It simply makes more sense to do it /usr, that way it is possible to contain everything of that nature onto its own separate file system that could then be snapshotted, shared and mounted however you need it. Symlinking /bin, /sbin, etc into /usr gives you additional compatibility as a freebie since everything will exist in both locations.

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