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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[snip...]Besides, it's probably a lot easier for [developers] to deal with a complex file hierarchy than it is for them to deal with an ever changing file hierarchy....


Remember, not everyone runs a completely up-to-date simple-minded system.

Not everybody even runs just one system: some of us have to deal with a flock of mis-matched servers (with a variety of distributions, yet), as dictated by the PHBs and bean counters, to which we don't even have root...

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