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Linux Filesystem Hierarchy

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SUSE Linux
Linux Standard Base (LSB)


  • How are files organised in the Linux filesystem?
  • Where are, or where can I find, files
    • System
    • Executable
    • Boot
    • Temporary
    • Add-on
    • Configuration
    • Log
    • Driver
    • Init
    • Personal
    • Device
  • What do the various directories contain?
  • In which directories should files be stored?
  • What do all these directories mean?
    • / (The Root Directory)
    • /bin
    • /boot
    • /dev
    • /etc
    • /home
    • /initrd
    • /lib
    • /lost+found
    • /media
    • /mnt
    • /opt
    • /proc
    • /root
    • /sbin
    • /usr
    • /var
    • /srv
    • /tmp


Refer to the man pages:

man hier

or The Linux Documentation Project:


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  • Document ID:7004448
  • Creation Date:16-SEP-09
  • Modified Date:30-APR-12
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