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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 anything wrong with owning a directory that is outside of your own home directory?

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    Other than the potential to accidentally delete the contents with rm -r, not really. – Drav Sloan Aug 26 '13 at 20:42
  • You'll forget about it when you move to a new computer? – tylerl Aug 26 '13 at 20:53
  • I have it written into a backup script to save my goods there, so that hopefully shouldn't be an issue. – ryanjdillon Aug 26 '13 at 21:05
  • If it's your computer you can do as you wish. Generally on Ubuntu and Redhat based system you can roll your own RPM/DEB files as a non-root user and then install them using sudo. – slm Aug 26 '13 at 22:43
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First of all, another question explains the /opt directory.

Now, your question about the ownership depends on the environment. Is this is a work system, or personal system?

If it's entirely your computer system, download wherever you want to! That seems like a fine place to maintain ownership of on your own system.

If this is a work computer, it would make more sense to have a more restricted account own that directory, in case other people need the source you're downloading for any reason like using it or auditing it.

  • It is totally my own computer, I just thought perhaps it could be some sort of security problem in some unforeseen way. But I'm glad I can keep my behaviour pattern un-changed :) – ryanjdillon Aug 26 '13 at 21:04

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