A bit of trivia: what does usr stand for?

Colin Percival colin.percival at wadham.ox.ac.uk
Sat Dec 20 14:43:30 PST 2003

At 17:29 20/12/2003 -0500, Bill Moran wrote:
>I had a friend tell me once that usr wasn't short for "user" as I've long
>thought, but was actually an abbreviation for something more interesting
>(and technical).

   There's an urban myth floating around that it meant Unix System Resource.
According to denizens of afc, this is likely a backronym, since the first
use of /usr/ was to store user's files.

Colin Percival

More information about the freebsd-chat mailing list