Re: Experiment: Neophyte versus Windows XP & Debian Woody
From: Paul Morgan (paulswm_at_earthlink.net)
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2003 07:26:16 -0500 To: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monique Y. Herman wrote:
>On Tue, 25 Nov 2003 at 23:33 GMT, Paul Morgan penned:
>>In my experience, /opt and /usr/local have slightly different
>>functions. /opt would be used for vendor applications, etc., whereas
>>/usr/local would be used for locally built tools, etc.
>That seems like a really arbitrary way to choose to split up
>executables. I guess I just don't understand why I as an admin would
>care to make that distinction.
A real life example:
If you're administering a couple of hundred servers on a corporate
network, then it makes sense. The key is standardization. The apps
that the different servers run you put in /opt (for instance, one server
may be running an Oracle-based application, another an Informix
application, so you put Oracle orInformix and the app in /opt).
/usr/local can be the same on all the servers.
This is current normal practice with Unices, and, much to its credit, is
the way the FHS is also defined.
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