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September 18, 2003

Linux File System Standard

I have no idea why it took me so long to find an somewhat official document which outlines the standard for Linux directory structure. I haven't been seeking one actively because a few years back I couldn't find much and decided that it must be something that gets engrained with time and experience. I must not have been that good at Google back then or something, a search now gets a slew of docs.

I'm reading Linux: Rute User's Tutorial and Exposition (among other things) which includes a chapter with the Filesystem Heirarchy Standard. A document with clear explanation of the Linux filesystem and discussion of directory/file locations/purposed. Looks like a new version is being released on Oct. 1.

By now I'm pretty familiar with the conventions, but it's still interesting to read the rules and rationale. I know there are a few changes I'll be making in my future Linux configurations.

Posted by mike at September 18, 2003 9:24 AM