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Old 08-29-2010, 05:18 PM   #1
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What is bin directory?

Hi! I'm new in linux currently I'm self studying Linux tutorial video by cbt nuggets linux redhat. so my question is what is the meaning of bin dir? can give you me a a simple explaination but a detail. Thanks

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Old 08-29-2010, 06:13 PM   #2
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Hi kiel, Welcome to LQ. When you read bin dir, the intent is the /bin directory. If you've come from a Windows background then directories are what you're accustom to calling folders. The /bin directory is where a number of your binaries or executable files are located.

More reading here.

Good luck. ;-)

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Old 08-29-2010, 06:43 PM   #3
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/ Begins the file system structure, call the root.
/home conatins users' home directories.
/bin Holds all the standard commands and utilities programs.
/usr holds those files and commands used by the system
/usr/bin Hold user-oriented commands and utility programs
/usr/sbin Holds system administration commands.
/usr/lib Holds libraries
/usr/share/doc Holds Linux Documentation
/usr/share/manMan pages
/var/spool Holds spooled files
/sbin Hold system administration commands for booting the system
/varHolds files that var mailbox, data files, program files, etc
/dev Holds file interfaces for devices
/etc Holds system program config files and other system files.

Here is a break down of Files structure it may var from distro to distro.
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Hi! Guys thanks for your response to my question.
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Hi there,

Try this on your console $man hier, this should give you all the directories in the root and their use


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