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[5]: why not / instead of /usr
by leech on Mon 30th Jan 2012 23:21 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: why not / instead of /usr"
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Which Linux distributions are you referring to when you say that the file system hierarchy is a mess? I use mostly Debian, and from what I understand, it sounds like it's just like FreeBSD's. I've been trying to get a BSD system installed lately, but for one reason or another, the install seems to fail (was trying PCBSD 9 recently under Linux KVM and it choked during the install process. But I have played a little bit with FreeBSD 8 and the only real difference I noticed was that the device names are totally illogical (coming from a Linux standpoint). ports is cool though.

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