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.
Thread beginning with comment 505179
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
phoenix
Member since:
2005-07-11

Maybe the filesystem isn't used the way it was decades ago, but there are certain use-cases where the original multi-disk split still does make sense.

Btw: your example of kill/killall is particularly badly chosen. "kill" does the same thing on every *nix, but "killall" has wildly different meanings. Try "man killall" on Solaris and see for yourself that it's not always a synonym for "kill `pgrep `".


Hence the development of pkill/pgrep. ;) Much nicer to use than kill/killall.

Reply Parent Score: 2

saso Member since:
2007-04-18

One could even argue that the Solaris version is actually much truer to its name, since it does what it says on the cover: kill all active processes.

Reply Parent Score: 1