The Root of it All: The meanings of the folders in the / directory

Most linux users know about the root directory, but many of the folders contained in / are a mystery as to their purpose. I wanted to write about this in one of my switching to linux articles, but it would have made the article far to long, so I’ve made a separate post about it. I hope this article will better prepare you better for managing your linux system, no matter what you use it for. With no more ado, here we go!

/home — This is where all the directories and files containing information specific to one user reside. Each user of the system should be granted a directory within /home that matches the name of that user. Contained within each user’s profile is usually all the files you deal with on a regular basis, your documents, media, and settings are all best placed within your /home/$USERNAME directory.

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