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Old 04-08-2004, 12:49 PM   #1
mrrrl
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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?
 
Old 04-08-2004, 01:00 PM   #2
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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?
 
Old 04-08-2004, 01:00 PM   #3
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var is typically used for logs and variable type data.
etc is used for configuration files.

its all explained in the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard:
http://www.pathname.com/fhs/pub/fhs-2.3.html

jpbarto
 
Old 04-08-2004, 01:03 PM   #4
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Nice link, jpbarto, thanks.
 
Old 04-08-2004, 01:10 PM   #5
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just doin my job
 
Old 04-08-2004, 01:16 PM   #6
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Thanks, that is what I was looking for.
 
Old 04-08-2004, 02:54 PM   #7
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var stands for variable, and etc stands for... etcetra!
 
  


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