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Old 12-20-2016, 07:59 PM   #1
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Proper directory/file arrangement

This will probably generate as many opinions as there are users. I recently did the slackbuild for OpenOffice and noticed the document directory defaults to root. Is this normal behavior for the program?

What is the proper place to store word processing documents on a slackware system. I thought perhaps /usr/documents but there are several folders that appear related to installed programs.

I am thinking about creating a folder /usr/documents/WP for my word processing documents (I am the only user).

Is there a standard location for word processing documents?

Also, any ideas on the proper place to store the programs that result from running a slackbuild? The resultant file defaulted to /tmp but is there a preferred location for storage of the install packages produced as a result of running slackbuild? The previous ones I have created are stored both in root and on a usb drive.

Any input on this subject would be greatly appreciated. While I do not want to provide a road map to where I store stuff, I want to design this system in such away that if another Linux user accesses the system they can find stuff.

Thank you.
Old 12-20-2016, 08:09 PM   #2
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I normally store documents in an appropriate subdirectory in my home directory. I usually name it "docs" because keystrokes.

One of my pet peeves is the habit many distros have of creating default directories named ~/Downloads, ~/Documents, and so on; I make them go away. Lower case is your friend. Grumble, grumble, grumble.
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By home directory do you mean root or usr?

I have read in places that a person should partition their hard drive to have a minimal partition for the OS and then a large USR partition for everything else in case a reload of the operating system is necessary.

Currently I have a 320GB with approximately 50% XPPro and 50% Slackware (including twice my RAM as swap). Since this is a relatively new install should I check how much space is currently being used for Slackware and then repartition the drive to have that amount of the 50% (160GB) Slackware dedicated to the OS and swap and the rest as a USR partition?
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When installing Linux or BSD, I use a / (root) partition & a /home partition, sometimes a /swap partition.

My Operating System resides in /, & my personal files are in my directory in /home, as in /home/keith, which is further sub divided into directories for different types of files, such as music, computer, videos, etc.

I don't add many programs to my systems, so my / is usually around about 5GB, then, (apart from /swap), the rest is given over to my data.
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I store all data files off the system on a separate drive. Whichever default directories they choose to save documents or other content, I do not use and instead redirect to the separate drive.

It's not a perfect system, just something I do. When I changed distributions a lot or had unstable installs due to experiments of my own, this helped to retain the data for times when my system install got invalidated.


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