Load Of FHS Tosh

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. The Filesystem Hierarchy Standard makes a lot of sense, but you mustn’t be
    misled by the actual names given to directories—much of that is historical,
    and the names no longer mean what they say.

    This
    <http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/linux/library/l-lpic1-v3-104-7/index.html>
    is an example of what happens when you’re not careful. Normally the IBM
    DeveloperWorks series is of a lot better quality than this. Forget
    “shareable†versus “unshareableâ€â€”that’s meaningless. What is important is
    the distinction between read-only and read/write, as well as between code
    and data. Thus:

    /bin, /usr/bin -- code (executables), assumed read-only
    /lib, /usr/lib -- code (libraries), assumed read-only
    /usr/share -- read-only data
    /var -- system read/write data
    /etc -- system config files, normally only writable by direct human command
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Jun 14, 2010
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  2. Lawrence D'Oliveiro

    peterwn Guest

    On Jun 14, 4:06 pm, Lawrence D'Oliveiro <l...@geek-
    central.gen.new_zealand> wrote:
    > The Filesystem Hierarchy Standard makes a lot of sense, but you mustn’t be
    > misled by the actual names given to directories—much of that is historical,
    > and the names no longer mean what they say.
    >

    With the greatest of respect, but I do not think that the likes of
    'Impossible' could give a toss about *nix naming conventions.
    peterwn, Jun 15, 2010
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