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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For the record, Debian and almost every other Linux distribution is the same as what you've shown there with FreeBSD. /usr/local is for source compiled (Third party) software

Except that in the BSD's /usr/local is for everything that comes as a package so it's not like Linux.

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