This article was first written in January 2006 for the BeezNest technical website (http://glasnost.beeznest.org/articles/322).
The Filesystem Hierarchy Standard (FHS) is meant to be a reference on how to manage a Unix filesystem or directory hierarchy.
- software to predict the location of installed files and directories, and
- users to predict the location of installed files and directories.
Achieving this by:
- specifying guiding principles for each area of the filesystem,
- specifying the minimum files and directories required,
- enumerating exceptions to the principles, and
- enumerating specific cases where there has been historical conflict.