Where do user files go these days?

krad kraduk at gmail.com
Thu Nov 13 14:59:09 UTC 2014

I dont even see the point of /usr any more when you are talking about BE's,
/usr/local is also questionable to be outside of the BE if all it contains
in binaries and config

On 9 November 2014 19:47, Polytropon <freebsd at edvax.de> wrote:

> On Sun, 09 Nov 2014 15:30:10 +0000, Mike Clarke wrote:
> > I've never understood the logic of putting /home under /usr. If you
> > ever needed to do a fresh install from scratch it would be all too
> > easy to wipe out all of home when you delete the original contents of
> > /usr.
> Exactly, that is a problem to expect. I think this idea
> comes from the "fixed partition size at initialization"
> paradigm where you had to choose how big each partition
> should be, and you could not create more than a - h partitions
> (in the MBR manner). So you thought: / is that big, then
> add swap, /var should be limited to so and so, and the
> rest - well, that will be for installed applications and
> user files, because we don't know how big they might get.
> If we make /usr too small, we'll run out of space, and
> if /home is full, well, users can't store any more data...
> With GPT and "numerical partitions", this problem does
> not apply anymore. ZFS can also deal perfectly fine with
> varying numbers of partitions of varying size.
> And hard disks are also big and cheap. :-)
> > It goes against the FreeBSD approach of /usr containing material
> > for the base system and /usr/local for the rest. It might have been
> > more appropriate to have /usr/local/home but still far safer to have a
> > top level /home directory.
> By "deduction" (applied from "man hier"), /usr/local is
> for installed applications which are managed by the system's
> package maintaining means (ports collection, pkg, portmaster,
> whatever you want). But user files are _not_ subject to
> that maintaining, so they should not be in there.
> (That is _one_ possible way of interpretation.)
> --
> Polytropon
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