where do my python files go in linux?

Nick Craig-Wood nick at craig-wood.com
Mon Jan 14 12:30:04 CET 2008


Jeroen Ruigrok van der Werven <asmodai at in-nomine.org> wrote:
>  -On [20080112 12:03], Jorgen Bodde (jorgen.maillist at gmail.com) wrote:
> >app.py calls a lot of modules in {dir}/app. Horst says the python file
> >goes in /usr/bin/app.py which is ok with me, but I have multiple
> >python files, and I decided to use an app.sh script to call my python
> >files. In the /usr/bin I do not see subdirs so I assume that is not
> >really desirable.
> 
>  Personally I'd be loathe to put app.py in /usr/bin. This directory is normally
>  reserved for OS-specific binaries. For personal/system-extended stuff I'd use
>  /usr/local/bin or whatever your system mandates.

I'd agree with that, except for the fact that he is making a .deb to
be installed by the package manager.

In Debian...

/usr/bin is for stuff installed by the package manager which becomes
effectively part of the OS.  The package manager tracks every file it
installes to ensure ovewrites can't happen etc...

/usr/local/bin is for stuff installed from source, not using the
package manager.

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