When installing software in $HOME, how do the linux filesystem hierarchy directories map to subdirectories of $HOME?

I am asking this question so that I can write a build system that picks reasonable default paths for a user install. The build system infrastructure is Haskell-specific (Cabal) but the installed files include C++ headers and libraries, for which Cabal doesn't have a default install path.

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$PREFIX is ~/.local/. Everything else maps under there.


If you are building a File System Hierarchy (FHS) for package installation in a $HOME directory, it should ideally mirror the FHS of /usr/local. See this discussion for more information and this documentation on FHS Standards.

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