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mrrrl 04-08-2004 12:49 PM

File system question
I am looking to understand the file system. Like what is /var, what does it stand for and what goes in there or /etc.

Anyone know of a web site that explains this kind of stuff?

mbegovic 04-08-2004 01:00 PM

I don't know what the letters stand for. Actually, I've asked the same question about /etc myself here, but nobody responded. /etc contains all of your configuration files. /var contains system log files, but possibly other things, too, that I don't know about.

BTW, 'filesystem' usually refers to one of NTFS, FAT32, ext2, ext3, reiserfs, and the like. I gues your usage is fine, but might be a little confusing. How about 'directory structure' or 'directory tree' or something?

jpbarto 04-08-2004 01:00 PM

var is typically used for logs and variable type data.
etc is used for configuration files.

its all explained in the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard:


mbegovic 04-08-2004 01:03 PM

Nice link, jpbarto, thanks.

jpbarto 04-08-2004 01:10 PM

just doin my job

mrrrl 04-08-2004 01:16 PM

Thanks, that is what I was looking for.

paijm021 04-08-2004 02:54 PM

var stands for variable, and etc stands for... etcetra!

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