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: Thom is right
by leech on Mon 30th Jan 2012 23:40 UTC in reply to "Thom is right"
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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

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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