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Old 01-19-2005, 12:55 AM   #1
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regarding /opt directory...

Hi All...

could any body explain me that what is the use of /opt directory? why iam asking this question is if we have /usr directory then what's the main use of /opt directory..any help/explanation/comments would be appreciated....

thnx in advance..
zameer ahmed syed.
Old 01-19-2005, 01:44 AM   #2
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The Linux Documentation Project should help you.

The short answer is: "[/opt] is reserved for all the software and add-on packages that are not part of the default installation."

The full document is here.
Old 01-19-2005, 01:48 AM   #3
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Both /oth and /usr/local are similar to "Program Files" in Windows. You have the option of installing programs to /opt or /usr/local.

I personally use /opt, and I have KDE, Java, Acrobat, Firefox, Thundebird, Open Office and Matlab installed there. It is a personal choice where you install these sort of programs.

I hope this helps


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