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: Comment by Brynet
by leech on Mon 30th Jan 2012 23:33 UTC in reply to "Comment by Brynet"
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2006-01-10

By the way, Debian GNU/Linux and Arch Linux has 'man hier' as well.

I still think that anyone who has ever complained about being confused by the FHS has not done five minutes of research into the WHY of it. It makes perfectly logical sense. And is by far one of the cleanest file structures I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot of them.

Take the Amiga for example, it's got a decent file structure for the most part, Libs, Devs, C, L, S, etc. Now for anyone who has not used an Amiga, would think "what the hell is L for?" Wait, I don't even know right now. Can't think of it, but it's laid out in a fairly organized manner. Windows on the other hand is a horrible mess. Not because of Microsoft, but because of the third party applications. The Linux Distributions (and FreeBSD) are good because the package management keeps things clean.

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