[RFC] /var versus /srv

Ralf Corsepius rc040203 at freenet.de
Fri Sep 21 07:39:23 UTC 2007

On Fri, 2007-09-21 at 01:58 -0500, Arthur Pemberton wrote:
> On 9/20/07, Casey Dahlin <cjdahlin at ncsu.edu> wrote:
> > Fedora has had the /srv directory in its default configuration for
> > awhile now, and I think its high time we used it. Under the latest FHS
> > specifications this is the correct place for /var/www and /var/ftp/pub
> > and the like.
> >
> > Personally I think this is a long overdue change and its about time we
> > followed through on it. Service-provided files are very much on the
> > fringe of /var 's purpose (which tends to be application state info that
> > requires extended persistence). The location was no doubt chosen since
> > the media performance requirements tend to align (though after this
> > shift the average /var partition could probably be substantially smaller).
> I use it on my CentOS box for files i server via subversion or
> http+smb. It seems like an ideal location for what is currently
> /var/www and /var/ftp
This is what other distros use /var for. 

Nevertheless the answers others had provided also are correct. The FHS
is ambivalent. 

/me thinks, FPC is overinterpreting the FHS due to lack of familiarity
with exiting practice on other distros.


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