[Tutor] base directory

Alan Gauld alan.gauld at btinternet.com
Tue May 8 15:34:32 CEST 2007

"Jason Coggins" <jason at asahnekec.com> wrote
> I am new to Linux.  On Windows the base directory 
> is c:\.  

Or D:\ or E:\ etc... In other words Windows has many 
base directories, one per physical drive.

> What is the base directory for Linux?

In *nix there is only one logical directory structure and 
all devices are mapped on to it. The base of this logical 
tree is /.

Thus to use your example


Except that there is a conventional set of names so a 
better path would be:


Since /usr/local/bin is the traditional place to store 
programs installed by users (as opposed to admins 
or system utilities). bin here standing for binary and 
not the recycle bin!


Alan Gauld
Author of the Learn to Program web site

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