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 Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 30th Jan 2012 22:44 UTC in reply to "RE: About time..."
Bill Shooter of Bul
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That was my thought as well, and It was answered pretty well in the wiki faq linked above a couple of days ago. Apparently, someone changed the explanation.

The old explanation was that everyone else that had fixed this issue had moved everything into /usr, so to be compatible with all of them (mostly solaris), they were going to follow suite.

That made sense to me.

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