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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"It's not unreasonable things have hard coded paths to the standard location. The problem isn't those following the standard, it's those breaking it. Bend the standard, maybe campaign for revision. Evolution not revolution."

It is unreasonable when the paths don't reflect the legitimate organizational requirements of your distro/system.

You'll have to admit that for many, the hierarchy is full of legacy decisions and exceptional logic, which is a source of chaos. It's not unreasonable to want the ability to clean that up moving forward.

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