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Old 09-23-2003, 06:09 PM   #1
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/bin vs. /sbin

/bin and /sbin directories both contain commands for Linux as I understand. What is the reason behind two different directories instead of just one?
Old 09-23-2003, 06:20 PM   #2
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/bin amongst other things contains applications that all users have access to whereas /sbin contains root user system utilities - its just meant to be a neater division of progs between those that are primarily used by all users and those that are primarily root user utilities.

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Old 09-23-2003, 06:47 PM   #3
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/sbin is for the system administrator or "god" account, the account that is allowed to do anything to the system.
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/sbin is the upscale neighborhood.
Old 10-07-2003, 03:46 PM   #5
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In the /bin directory I see two links "rvi" and "rview"
that points to the same program. What is the purpose to have two different files points to the same location vi .. wierd . don't you think so..

lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 2 May 23 17:48 rvi -> vi
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 2 May 23 17:48 rview -> vi

Same for
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 8 May 23 13:20 ypdomainname -> hostname

lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 8 May 23 13:20 nisdomainname -> hostname

lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 8 May 23 13:20 dnsdomainname -> hostname

lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 8 May 23 13:20 domainname -> hostname

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Old 10-07-2003, 03:58 PM   #6
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what if, for example, youve used linux before, and that had rview for a pointer, and you move to a system that has only rvi for a pointer. its just convinent. especially for programs that dont look for both of them (if they need it).
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Its just a way to create a link to another directory and command without having to put that directory in the users default $PATH


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