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Old 03-05-2008, 01:05 PM   #16
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An itch scratched!

Thanks dragonslayer48dx!

The idea that /usr once contained users' directories seems totally likely to me and satisfies my curiosity concerning /usr and its expansion. And while such a discussion may seem nitpicky to some, the ability to read between these lines really does affect ones ability to really understand the system.
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I very vaguely remember reading somewhere that /usr was the second-level heirarchy used for multi-user applications.
I mean like: /bin and /sbin and /lib are used for the core, really essential files that you'd need at init 1 for a basic boot-up. The next level of folders i.e. /usr/bin, /usr/sbin /usr/lib etc are used by apps running on runlevel 3 onwards (And one step deeper in the tree is /usr/local which also has a similar directory set).
That line of reasoning did make some sense for me.. / is for root's applications, /usr is for the users'.
Old 03-13-2008, 08:04 AM   #18
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/ contains all resources needed to boot, and only that: boot into a bare environment.

Non-essential applications are in /usr. In big networks, /usr is often mounted from the network. With /usr mounted, the system is a lot more usable.

/usr/local is where the administrator of the local machine stores non-essential stuff for his machine only. So you have /usr that is mounted inside / and may come from the network, /usr/local that is mounted inside /usr and should NOT come from the network.
In most configurations though, as we usually deal with small networks, /usr is local, and /usr/local is on the same partition.

And /opt is another story

Old 03-14-2008, 03:07 PM   #19
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theYinYeti: that's interesting. I wonder then, if there's a 1:1 mapping of files between what's in "/" and what can be found in a miniroot. By your reasoning, we might expect this to be the case.
Old 03-17-2008, 12:37 PM   #20
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how to make nano functionable in debian? how 2 schedule it for downloading on a particular time?
Dear friends....I'm a beginner...what commands should b typed in 'nano'to schedule it for downloading at 2'O clock at night.Pls help me.pls spare some time to answer me....

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Old 03-17-2008, 12:42 PM   #21
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dear friends what is meant by 'curses'(for eg.'btdownloadcurses")?
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usr stands for "user-specific resources" and it fits quite nicly i think. it might be other abbreviations that is used with "usr" though, but i wouldnt know about them other then the ones ive read in this thread

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usr Abreviation

According to, it stands for Unix System Resources.


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