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My understanding is that custom/non-distro software should be installed in /opt. However in a Django deployment tutorial [1] I found a suggestion to install a Django webapp to /srv which is described as containing site-specific data which is served by the system.

Should non-distro webapps be installed in /opt or /srv?

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According to FHS /srv is for the site-specific data, not software packages (and is a just newer alternative to /var in this respect)

/srv contains site-specific data which is served by this system

however if you are running a Django webapp with (say) Apache, your webapp can be classified as a data for it, so it should go to /srv/ (just like you would have deployed it to /var/www on an older system).

And FHS does clearly hints on that:

writable data and scripts (such as cgi scripts) can be reasonably placed

  • in this context does "site" mean "website"? – david.libremone Mar 30 '17 at 8:30
  • @d3vid - more like 'internet host', which can in turn serve a website (or multiple websites), mail service, NNTP site e.t.c. So /srv will contain the webapps, mailboxes, news feeds e.t.c. – zeppelin Mar 30 '17 at 9:07

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