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: We are stuck in the past.
by JPollard on Wed 1st Feb 2012 13:44 UTC in reply to "We are stuck in the past."
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Not only the Unix filesystem naming is ancient and stupid, the very concept of filesystem is also ancient and stupid.

Computers should have databases of information, not filesystems.

Databases are slow.

And a filesystem is a database, optimized for data access in large units, many GBs in size.

Databases are optimized for data access in tiny units, such as strings, or single numbers. They aren't good at huge units in hundreds of Mbytes.

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