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Old 08-16-2008, 02:55 AM   #1
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silly question, but what is /misc for?


Hi

and will I be breaking anything which perhaps uses this for its own mounting (say) if I put my own files in there?

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Linux guides report /misc as for miscellaneous purposes or for architecture-independent data. The /misc directory is not created on all distribution (just checked on OpenSuSE and I miss it) so it is hard that software developers relate to it. In my personal opinion you can use it safely. Anyway, if some software tries to use it as a mount point, you will be notified.

If in doubt, you can always create your own custom directory under /, set the proper permissions and use that instead. Also you have to take in account the partition scheme of the system: the /misc or any other /custom directory under the root of the directory tree will fill the / partition (if any). And maybe the required space is not enough.
 
Old 08-16-2008, 04:09 AM   #3
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Hi, I don't think it's a system point, but you could check, do you see any files there

(show hidden files with konqueror or whatever)

Even if it is a system folder (or mount point) you should be able to use it to store other files too.

Just be certain it mounts when you need it.

Cheers, Glenn
 
Old 08-16-2008, 04:57 AM   #4
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Hi folks

thanks for the prompt replies :-)

I haven't seen anything in the folder, and rather than clutter up / with another directory thought "what about this one ..."

I'm just wanting to make a location on my system which I can give access to the PC's which use the box via samba to place "user" files which are not really related to the Linux users. Documents are likely to be my wife's digital camera files and other files she wants to put there ... so its sort of a 'share' locations.

I wanted to give full read write to that location
 
Old 08-16-2008, 06:50 AM   #5
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If this folder was created by and app istall then check the permissions for it. There may be user and group names that give an indication.

Until you find out, it may not be a good place for share access.

Otherwise, the partition may be formatted during any re-install of the OS.

Hope that helps, Glenn
 
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Hi

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Theory is when you know all and nothing works. Practice is when all works and nobody knows why. In this case we have put together theory and practice: nothing works... and nobody knows why! (Albert Einstein)
and thanks for helping me also know the source of the quote which I've also modified for my own use :-)
 
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Hi



and thanks for helping me also know the source of the quote which I've also modified for my own use :-)
(Albert Einstein), always good to see a citation with a quote.
 
  


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