Abbrevations for Linux File System

5 03 2007

These below can be expansions for the Linux File System, (originally taken from here)

All the system directories were kept to three letters, and all of the names are abbreviations — none are acronyms.

  • /bin = binary
  • /lib = library
  • /var = variable
  • /usr = user
  • /tmp = temporary
  • /adm = administrative (now found in /var/adm)
  • /log = logs (now found in /var/log)
  • /etc = et cetera
    • editable text configuration” is a backronym.
    • /etc is et cetera.

Later additions followed the same pattern:

  • /net = network
  • /mnt = mount

Interesting , isnt it 🙂




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