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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Thom is right
by churlish_Helmut on Mon 30th Jan 2012 23:23 UTC
churlish_Helmut
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2010-04-12

Really... Am I the only one, who thinks that all what Thom said is correct? I mean, the directory structure on unix and linux is shit. Really. This is the only word, that is as precise as possible to describe it.

I mean, when making it like
/apps
/user
/systems

How easy would it be to build on that? I mean, there is no good reason to make a directory system like that, with virtual links for programs, which needs the /usr /bin and so on stuff

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RE: Thom is right
by leech on Mon 30th Jan 2012 23:40 in reply to "Thom is right"
leech Member since:
2006-01-10

Really... Am I the only one, who thinks that all what Thom said is correct? I mean, the directory structure on unix and linux is shit. Really. This is the only word, that is as precise as possible to describe it.

I mean, when making it like
/apps
/user
/systems

How easy would it be to build on that? I mean, there is no good reason to make a directory system like that, with virtual links for programs, which needs the /usr /bin and so on stuff


Yes, you are the only one ;)

The symbolic links for everything that Fedora is doing is retarded. Every package managed program goes into the proper /usr/bin, the data into /usr/share/<packagename>/ and documentation goes into /usr/share/doc/<packagename> how hard is that? Then anything you compile yourself gets put into /usr/local/bin with data going to /usr/local/share. Granted, you can change this in the configure scripts, but that is the default.

Makes total sense.

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RE: Thom is right
by l3v1 on Tue 31st Jan 2012 07:04 in reply to "Thom is right"
l3v1 Member since:
2005-07-06

I'd say the only ones who have problems with the fs hierarchy in linux are those who's only agenda is to look at the fs. The rest of us are pretty much fine.

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