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Old 05-21-2004, 10:16 PM   #1
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Question Need advice..How should my /home/<user>/ directory be organized?

I'm just starting to get a grasp on the file structure of linux, however I am not quite sure how I should be organizing my /home/glenn/ directory. I don't want to just save things there by default ending up with a mess in my directory. Should I break that down into sub-directories?

Can anybody suggest a reasonable sub-directory structure to get me started?

Old 05-21-2004, 10:40 PM   #2
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You can organize it anyway you want. I have like /home/adam and then a /home/adam/downloads that I keep everything that I download in and then you could have a folder for music or movies or anyway you want. Pretty much just whats better for you.

Old 05-21-2004, 11:08 PM   #3
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Things will get messy. Just start putting stuff in there, and organize as you go.
Old 06-02-2004, 01:44 PM   #4
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I'm a newbie (I hate that word) to Linux, myself. I just barely started using it, and have found that the file structures can be somewhat confusing (though I really don't pay too much attention to it). However, in this regard, I have to admit that old habits from my Windows experience are creeping in here. For me, I have already split up my home folder into a Downloads folder (from which I then further split into specific folders for each program), a Documents folder (akin to My Documents) wherein I keep all of my music files, word processing files, etc. I have found that by following this practice, my top-level folders stay extremely clean. Things get messy the further down you go, though.

I'm not sure there's a "best practices" method for organizing your folders. Come up with a system that works for you, and that's how you should do it.

Old 06-02-2004, 03:29 PM   #5
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/home/<your username> is about the only place in the linux filesystem where there isn't any real rules about where to put things. It's the equvilanent of "My Documents" in windows. Just put things however seems best to you.


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