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

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How can I know the default path for log directory?

I am programming in shell scripting, and would like to log results. Is there any way to know what is the default path storage for logfiles in my operating system? I have researched: set | grep ...
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convention regarding offline temporary data

When writing small utility programs, I sometimes want to keep small amounts of data around between executions, usually for caching purposes, but don't want the program to run as a daemon. Are there ...
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At what point did the /home directory appear?

Originally in Unix, /usr was used for user (home) directories. So if I had a user named alex, my home directory would be /usr/alex. (Interestingly, Plan 9, the successor to Unix, still has user ...
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Where did this copy of my home directory come from?

I was working on a project to control my digital camera using Ubuntu and gphoto2. At one point I noticed a new "~" directory in my project folder, /home/greg/project/~. When I enter this new "~" ...
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Mounting a device — role of /dev, /media and /mnt, and the mount command [closed]

I have several closely related questions about what happens when I insert a CD. The files on the CD /media/Ubuntu\ 11.04\ i386/, but from what I've seen /dev/cdrom is also involved. What is the ...
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Location of Xorg headers on FreeBSD 10

I'm running FreeBSD 10 and I'd like to build dwm. I've installed Xorg using pkg install. Where are the headers located? Maybe I'm just old fashioned but I first looked in /usr/X11R6 ... not there. ...
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Why does installing to /usr/bin automatically install to /usr/bin/X11?

I am using the command: install ./prog /usr/bin to copy the program to the /usr/bin directory. Doing this automatically installs the prog to /usr/bin/X11. Deleting from /usr/bin also automatically ...
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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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Consistency in default installation directories

I am very new to Linux (Ubuntu 13.10) and having difficulty understanding the file system, particularly with regards to installing applications. In Windows, when I installed an application, it put the ...
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Is there a --parents option for mv like for cp?

cp has a useful feature --parents that allows a file's directory structure to be copied to another directory: $ cp -v --parents source/directory/from target/ ‘source/directory/from’ -> ...
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Where to put wrapper scripts?

I created some scripts for administrative tasks etc, I made them to be independent from environment - every dependency is injected through arguments. However it is annoying to provide to script ...
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Deploying my application

When deploying my application under linux, where do I put my libraries, executable and the desktop entry file? And what about other files my program needs? For example background pictures, audio files ...
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Convention for primary app deployment dir structure on a Unix-like app server

The client I'm working for deploys their application to a directory they created at the root level. While acknowledging it is a matter of local preference, I am unsure if this is in accordance with ...
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What is the purpose of the lost+found folder in Linux and Unix?

There is a folder at the root of Linux and Unix operating systems called /lost+found/ What is it for? Under what circumstances would I interact with it? How would I interact with it?
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What's the name of the top-level directory

I am using Ubuntu. I know by using cd ~/ , I can go to home/ directory. But if I want to go to the directory (I do not know the official name of this directory) which contains etc/, var/, opt/, ... ...
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Should my /usr/local/bin be 700 permissions?

I just installed npm and node.js, and I couldn't access npm. And I'm like "why?" and my OS is like "because /usr/local/bin is at 700 permissions" and I'm like "should it really be that way?" ...
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Redirect home to shared NTFS partition

I've installed windows 7 and linux dualboot. My partitions are: /dev/sda2: UUID="EC328C61328C329E" TYPE="ntfs" /dev/sda3: UUID="800E88610E8851D8" TYPE="ntfs" /dev/sda4: ...
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Should /usr and /home be on different partitions?

In studying for the lcpi exam, I met the following statement. If multiple disks are available it is good practice to also have the /usr and /home directories on different partitions. ...
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Server socket location, startup and monitoring

I'm writing a server on a shared development desktop that moonlights as a server. This is my first attempt at writing a linux server for someone else on a shared box. I'd like to conform to unix ...
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Where should I put software I compile myself?

I need to compile some software on my Fedora machine. Where's the best place to put it so not to interfere with the packaged software?
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What is the tmp folder in /var?

I have a tmp folder in /var and it has the file channel.xml in it. I don't know what this is and if it should be there and what permissions it should have because at the moment it is wide open. Also ...
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Directory structure for mounted disks in network storage

I have recently built a small homeserver, that I want to use as a NAS besides other applications like hosting VMs etc. The disk space should be accessible via NFS, SAMBA (and SSHFS), but that's not ...
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What are the .Trash-500 and .Trash-1000 directories?

I have a DNS-321 NAS drive which apparently runs Linux, so I logged in via ssh and I see .Trash-500 and .Trash-1000 directories. I realize that they're for trash, but why do I need two? Inside of them ...
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Linux File Versioning?

We are migrating from A VMS environment to a Linux environment for some old alpha servers we are decommissioning. The one challenge I have not been able to overcome is file versioning. VMS keeps ...
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Splitting the Home dir two different partitions

I run a Ubuntu desktop environment with two harddisks. A small SSD and a large regular disk. Currently i run a setup where my home drive is located on /home/name, but some folders e.g. Downloads ...
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Why is the root directory denoted by a / sign?

I have done some research about this on Google, but the results were cloudy. Why is the / sign used to denote the root directory. Are there any solid reasons behind it?
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How do I search all subdirectories to find one with a certain name?

Let's say I have a top level directory called /dir and many sub directories. How do I search the subdirectories of /dir to find the one called x/x/dir/x/x/x/target? This question is similar to, but ...
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Why do /usr and /tmp directories for Linux miss vowels in their spellings?

I have often started to think about this but never found a good answer. Why are these two Unix directories not /user and /temp instead? All the other directories under root seem to be exactly what ...
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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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What is the difference between /etc and /usr/local/etc

I am developing a daemon that needs to store lots of application data, and I noticed that on my system (Fedora 15), there is a /usr/local/etc directory. I've decided to install my daemon to ...
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Does software installed in one distribution of linux run in another distribution of linux?

Suppose, I create seperate partition for "/usr" directory. This is the directory which contains all user programs. If I switch from one OS to other(for eg. From Ubuntu to Arch Linux or vice versa), ...
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Why does System V traditionally symlink /bin to /usr/bin?

This systemd wiki page about the /usr merge, under Myth #6, states that /bin has traditionally been a symlink to /usr/bin on System V UNIX. What is the motivation for this? For backwards ...
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How to safely remove hard-link to home folder?

In a folder owned by my user /sites/Website there is a dir named ~. When I cd to this directory, I am redirected to ~/, my home folder. At first I thought this was a symbolic link, but doing ls ...
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Can tree be used to list the number of files per level?

As title, I need to look into a particular directory and list the number of files per level. The directory is pretty large, about 10-15 levels deep. For instance, if I have the following: D1 | |-- ...
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Why is Linux's filesystem designed as a single directory tree?

Can anyone explain why Linux is designed as a single directory tree? Whereas in Windows we can have multiple drives like C:\, and D:\, there is a single root in Unix. Any specific reason there?
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netcdf installation and usr/local… folders

I need to install netcdf on a SuSE Linux machine but I am having a few problems understanding the usr/local/ folders and my the myusername/local/ folders. What I think I need to do is go into the ...
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Cowfiles directory?

My bashrc issues a cow from cowsay and with a random fortune. Like this: echo -e "\e[00;33m $(fortune -a -o -s | cowsay -f $(ls /usr/share/cowsay/cows/ | shuf -n1) | sed -e 's/^/ /g')\e[00m" ...
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Where is the best place to put a local repo?

I've made a custom repo to install ruby 2.0 on Ubuntu 12.04 Currently, I have the repo in '/vagrant/files' for testing. root@gitlab:~# tree /vagrant/files/ /vagrant/files/ |-- default |-- ...
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How to utilize XDG directories and paths in Bash?

I wonder how to access not only the variables defined in ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs with xdg-user-dir, e.g. "$(xdg-user-dir VIDEOS)", but also the following standard variables: ...
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What are the advantages of the Unix file system structure

If I install an application in Linux for example Debian/Gnu Linux, the files of the applications are copied to many different directories in the file system. Some scripts goes into /usr/share .. ...
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Where to place source code for applications compiled from source?

In the past when I have compiled applications from source I have extracted the source code to ~/src and compiled from there. I realize now that there may be no need for me to create the ~/src ...
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Where to drop libraries according Filesystem Hierarchy Standard

I do operate a Linux-based build system. The build system itself is based on Jenkins, Nexus, Maven, Ant and Shell scripting. Some projects need some special tools and libraries for building. ...
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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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What does the jargon filesystem mean?

I know this question sound quite stupid. Sometimes when I go through sections of Linux books about filesystem, it may turn out that it is a chapter talking about the directory structure of a standard ...
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How do I restore the directory expansion arrows on Nautilus?

On Mac OS X in the list view I can click on arrows to the left of the directory and expand the directory's contents. I used to be able to do the same on Nautilus, but that functionality now seems ...
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What is this new /run filesystem?

I just ran df -h a minute ago and noticed a filesystem has been added that I'm not familiar with. Does anyone know why /run exists? Is this something that's been added by the kernel? By Arch Linux? ...
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Bad to own a directory outside of your home directory?

Some how, can't remember why, I got into the habit of downloading source to the directory /opt, which I chown to my user/group. I have this feeling that it is not a good thing to do. Is there ...
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Idiomatic location for file based sockets on Debian systems

I am writing a daemon process for a Debian system in C that uses a Unix Domain Socket. If the deamon process's working directory is the root directory, is there an idiomatic directory to place the ...
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Where to install applications

I'm a long-time Windows user in the middle of a multi-year personal migration to Linux-based development. On Windows when I installed an application it got put in the Program Files folder and I'd ...
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Is it OK to store /var/tmp on a SSD? [duplicate]

I have read that you should not store /tmp on a SSD, because the frequent writes will shorten the lifetime of the SSD. But what about /var/tmp? Is it reasonable for /var/tmp to be stored on a SSD? ...