The layout of the directory hierarchy — questions like “where does this file belong?” or “what is this directory for?”.

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Linux, SVN and Dropbox — Which directory should store my svn repository?

I'm trying to set up a linux server for a small team of programmers / artists to use as a svn repository. This repository will be restricted to lan usage but will be backed up online using dropbox. ...
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The common practice to share file for all users on the same machine? [duplicate]

There is a server with several users. A user may want to read another user's files (few gigabytes) and may want to put processed files in other's directory. What's the common practice to do it? I ...
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recommended storage location for multiple users [duplicate]

Is there a conventional location to store non-secret bulk files that can be accessible by multiple users? I know that I can create a new folder (and set the right permissions) in most places in the ...
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moving binaries from bin to specific folder

I want to install RNAhybrid tool so I downloaded it and configured it. I wanted to keep in a directory called programs, so I downloaded the tar.gz in that directory, extracted it and then used ...
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What are files in `/var/crash/`?

I know when a program crashes, some files creating in /var/crash/. But I don't know what these files are! Is that error logs?
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What is an appropriate naming structure for storing application packages?

I need to determine an appropriate directory naming structure for a package management system. The original directory structure was not POSIX-compliant in any way and certainly not UNIX-style (you'll ...
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Saving result between script executions

I have a script in /opt which is called regularly by Cron. The script needs to write and read a status flag between executions. In what directory should I store the flag? I'm thinking that /tmp might ...
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What is this folder /run/user/1000?

What is this folder: /run/user/1000 on my Fedora system and what does it do? ~ $ df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on tmpfs 1.2G 20K 1.2G 1% /run/user/1000
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Where to put files on a installer? [closed]

I have a program that I am going to package in a .deb. Where should I put files for my program? I have had a look at the structure of things like Epoptes but I cannot figure out where I should put ...
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What does etc stand for?

What does the "etc" folder in the root directory stand for? I think knowing this will help me remember where certain files are located. Update: Might be useful for others, the folder is used for ...
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Should I move a binary used by a non-root user from /usr/bin/ to /usr/local/bin/?

I have gone through a related thread here. A colleague of mine has copied the phantomjs binary to /usr/bin. In our system, this binary will be used only by a non-root user. At the moment, the regular ...
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Where to search for the core file generated by the crash of a linux application?

I am trying to find out the reason of crash for one of my Linux application. But I don't know where core is going. cat /proc/sys/kernel/core_pattern core.%e.%p Any Idea?
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Find the total size of certain files within a directory branch

Assume there's an image storage directory, say, ./photos/john_doe, within which there are multiple subdirectories, where many certain files reside (say, *.jpg). How can I calculate a summary size of ...
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Where does Linux store Wifi passwords?

I am going to write a simple replacement for Ubunutu's NetworkManager. Is there any place where the Wifi network passwords would be stored in Linux? I know about ...
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Where to store the SQL Server jdbc driver file for use by all users

I have downloaded the sqljdbc4.jar file which enables connecting to SQL Server via jdbc. I currently have this in a personal folder whilst I've been testing connectivity. I'm hoping to put this file ...
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Why is the root directory on a web server put by default in “/var/www”?

Tuxfiles says the following about the Linux directory structure: /var: This directory contains variable data that changes constantly when the system is running. FHS on /var says the ...
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Difference between /run and /var/run

Is there any difference between /run directory and var/run directory. It seems the latter is a link to the former. If the contents are one and the same what is the need for two directories?
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Where is <libraryname>.pc?

When installing a library with configure, make and make install, does make install copy <libraryname>.pc to some place? If yes: Where is it? If no: Should we copy it somewhere rather than ...
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Difference between “/export/home” and “/home”

In our UNIX machine my home path looks like /home/<userid> and we have another batch user whose home looks like /export/home/<userid> I want to know whats the difference between ...
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“Correct” place to store shared media on a single machine

This is a bit vague of a question, as I could just create a folder anywhere in the filesystem and set the permissions accordingly. However, I would like to know where the "correct" location to place ...
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Proper resource locations for software under /usr/local (var data like log)

I'm trying to put together a small piece of software, and I wanted to know the appropriate place to put various items if I'm setting to use /usr/local. For example, under /usr/local I will have: bin ...
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Right way of creating a local filesystem hierarchy within /home [duplicate]

I am an user with no superuser rights. I normally build and install the tools I need within my /home/<user> directory, and then create aliases to be able to run my programs. However, this is ...
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Creating a list containing filenames with paths

I have a directory(INPUTDIR) with sample names as subdirectories(508_C,540_C,570_D etc).Within those each subdirectories there is another directory called FASTQ which contains two kinds of files. ...
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Public, Non-Root Access to file system?

I'm trying to structure an android project for continuous integration/continuous delivery via gradle and git. The main code will be pulled from git on the build server without various files that ...
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Should I put application into /usr/local or /usr/local/share?

What are the "standards" -- should I put application (not just binary, but entire distribution) to /usr/local or /usr/local/share. For example scala or weka -- it contains examples, binaries, ...
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Software installation trouble with Homebrew

I have previously custom installed Python and Homebrew on my OS X 10.9.5 system. I am now trying to install CMake and I am running into various errors such as: cd: /usr/local/src: No such file or ...
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What is the difference between /opt and /usr/local?

According to the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard, /opt is for "the installation of add-on application software packages". /usr/local is "for use by the system administrator when installing software ...
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Unable to view Applications Directory Content in Terminal

Not sure what I'm missing here, but when I try to list the contents of the Applications directory from the Terminal it produces a directory with a couple .dmg files and none of the actual application ...
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What is /usr/local/bin? Came across it in an script installation for Applescript but would like to know more

Before today, I've used Terminal to a limited extent of moving in and out of directories, changing the dates of files using the touch command, but had realised the full extent of Terminal after ...
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Adding to path vs. linking from /bin

Our sys admin installed a software (Maven) on the server, and told everyone to add the "/usr/local/maven/bin/" folder to their path. I think it could be more convenient to just link the few programs ...
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Root /home Directory vs ~ (tilde)

I have created a virtual image for Scientific Linux and came across this after I finished installing it: [root@ftpserver home]# pwd /home [root]@ftpserver home]# ls When I cd into ~ I get this: ...
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What filesystem mount point am I currently working on?

I would like to know in what filesystem mount point I am currently on, similarly to using pwd to know what directory I am in. I know you can use df . (or df $(pwd) or many variants), but I find it ...
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Installing Matlab from an ISO image

I was trying to install Matlab, and used the following commands: # mkdir -p /mnt/disk # mount -o loop R2014a_UNIX.iso /mnt/disk # cd /mnt/disk # ls -l # ./install However, I don't want it in a ...
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How shareable is /var/cache?

I know that some subdirectories of /var/cache are pretty much shareable, for example /var/cache/pacman (in case of ArchLinux), and possibly others (/var/cache/man?), but at least /var/cache/ldconfig ...
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How do folder name localizations work?

In Mac OS X, there are directories like Desktop, Users and Library. On localized systems, these would be named Skrivbord, Användare and Bibliotek (Swedish) But when I am in the terminal I can't ...
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How to recreate /var/lib/dpkg/status?

I have deleted some files around /var/lib/dpkg/, namely: /var/lib/dpkg/status /var/lib/dpkg/available /var/lib/dpkg/info/* I understand Debian uses these files to keep some information about ...
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Why does '/' have an '..' entry?

This just baffles me. Why does the root directory contain a reference to a parent directory? bob@bob:/$ ls -a . build home lib32 mnt .rpmdb sys vmlinuz .. cdrom ...
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Custom desktop launcher search path in Ubuntu

I know I can write a .desktop file in /usr/share/applications or ~/.local/share/applications, but can I add new folders to the search path similar to the $PATH environment variable? For example, I ...
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Why aren't crontabs stored in user home directories?

I'm curious to know: why are crontabs stored in /var rather than in the user's home directories? It makes it a total pain to isolate these files for upgrades but I suspect that there is a logical ...
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With “find /”, skip directories like “/proc”, “/sys” and similar

There are some directories that can cause problem with find, and especially find /. These are directories in which the OS creates files which are not really files. Among these directories are /proc ...
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Where should I mount a disk to store backups?

I'm new to Unix, and wanted to give it a try. I had an old PC lying around and decided to turn it into a network based backup system to keep the data in the other PCs safe. So I installed FreeBSD on ...
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use `/run/shm` (formerly `/dev/shm`) as a temp directory

Is it good practice to create a directory in /run/shm (formerly /dev/shm) and use that like a temp directory for an application? Background: I am writing black box tests for a program which does a ...
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Are .bz2 files inside /var/lib/pengine safe to delete?

My problem is that my /var partition is over 80% (total size: 4.9G). I was reviewing the files into this partition and I saw a file which has 3.4G. (/var/lib/pengine) I dig into that /pengine file ...
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Why does find -exec du sum up differently?

I have family pictures and movies in a folder /media/data/Selbstgemacht and I'd like to find the size of all pictures. In /media/data I use find Selbstgemacht -type f -iname '*.jpg' -exec du -ch '{}' ...
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Ways to organize and access frequently visited directories and files?

In my Ubuntu, I have added some frequented directories to the bookmarks of Nautilus, for visiting them quicker. Nautilus can consume a lot of memory, when it has been kept open for long and there ...
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Why do upgrades to KDM/KDE not preserve changes to configuration files?

The kdebase-workspace package on Arch Linux only preservers changes made to /usr/share/config/kdm/kdmrc when the package is updated. I need to edit /usr/share/config/kdm/Xsetup to get my monitors to ...
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sudo chown -R $USER:admin /usr/local - revert back to ROOT?

On OS X, but may also apply to *NIX. This question was asked/answered previously, and I know it's safe to chown on /usr/local for my admin user account, which I've done to install git with homebrew ...
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What is the difference between ~ and / in paths [duplicate]

When I first log in to Unix on my Mac, I usually see a ~ after my username in the command line. However, if I look at the apps contained in that directory ~/Applications they are not all of my ...
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Is this command safe to run from / as root

find . * -depth -print0 | xargs -0 rmdir It finds and removes all empty folders (including hidden ones) recursively. I only tired it on my home folder and a pendrive in Linux PC and it worked but I ...
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What are the world writable directories by default?

In a standard Linux filesystem, which of these common directories are world-writable by default? /tmp /etc /var /proc /bin /boot /.... .... Why are they world-writable? Does that pose ...