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Old 09-09-2008, 09:09 AM   #1
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Purposes of various directories !!

when i installed a software in redhat5 in which directory did the software installed ? (/,/swap,/boot/var/usr or /home)

what are the purposes of the above directories? (/,/swap,/boot/var/usr and /home)
Old 09-09-2008, 09:16 AM   #2
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/ : root directory, it is the parent of EVERYTHING
/boot : holds files/directories related to booting the system (grub, initrd, vmlinuz, etc)
/var : contains variable files that change fairly 'often'
/usr : contains user accessible programs/info (libraries, documentation, binaries, etc)
/home : contains home directories of all users
/swap : I've never seen swap mounted as a filesystem b/c normally it acts as virtual memory

your software is probably in /usr somewhere
Old 09-09-2008, 09:21 AM   #3
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It depends on the software you install; sometimes the files you "install" (copy to your local filesystem) are placed in one place, sometimes into multiple places (for example configuration file(s) in /etc/, program files in /usr/, later created user-configuration in your home directory under /home/, ...)

Your package manager should be able to list the files contained in a package; this way you might (should?) be able to see where the files are copied. Though that depends on the package manager..
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A search for "Linux Directory Structure" in Google returns a LOT of relevant results for that query..
Old 09-09-2008, 03:26 PM   #5
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That's the standard. Not that every distro abides to it, though.
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