FreeBSD and FHS summary

Marc Wiz marc at
Tue Nov 25 12:28:52 PST 2003

On Tue, Nov 25, 2003 at 09:11:28PM +0100, Frank Murphy wrote:
> Before going back to the FHS list, I'd like to summarize what I think the 
> opinions here were. Please correct me if I'm horribly off-base.
> The idea of defining a default directory to hold directories for recurring 
> temporary mount points is considered to be a good one, though it's use should 
> be optional. Putting these in / would be a bad idea, because it would clutter 
> up the root directory. Putting these in /mnt would be a bad idea because lots 
> of people expect that directory to be empty to be used for temporary ad hoc 
> mount points. Also, the FHS shouldn't try to define all the names of these 
> mount point directories.
> Putting this directory into /usr, /tmp, or any of the other well-defined 
> top-level directories doesn't make any sense. But perhaps a directory in /var 
> would be a good idea, but some people thought that it sounded wierd, and 
> there were some technical [1] reasons [2] why it might be a bad idea.
> Some recommended top-level directories were:
> /fs, /tfs, /mounts, /volumes, /mnts

May I suggest /tmounts or /tmnts?

If people are concerned about lots of directories being created in
/'s file system then the top-level directory could itself be a file

It would be nice if the name of the directory could be obtained via 
sysconf (3).


Marc Wiz
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Yes, that really is my last name.

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