The first public version of the FSSTND (short for "filesystem standard")
is now available for anonymous ftp. This standard documents an extensive
effort to map out an improved filesystem structure for Linux systems.
This standard has been under development since August 1993, and it is
still being worked on today. It is being released at this stage in order
that developers may voluntarily begin following it. Some changes are
* Why is there a filesystem standard?
The open and distributed development of Linux has fostered rapid
growth of the operating system, many applications, and integrated
distributions. This decentralized process, however, has created a
need for standardizing the structure of the filesystem. This
standard aims to define locations and specifications for files and
directories in Linux systems. This will allow users, developers, and
distributors to assemble parts of the system from various sources
that will work together as smoothly as if they had been developed
under a monolithic development process. It will also make general
documentation less difficult, system administration more consistent,
and development of second and third party packages easier.
* Who is using it?
The FSSTND is already being utilized by many different Linux
implementations, including: Debian, Slackware, TAMU, Linux/PRO, LILO,
Rik Faith's util-linux package, and others. Additional developers
intend to follow it with upcoming releases and it is our hope that
this cooperative Linux effort may gain in momentum.
* Who is it intended for?
The filesystem standard is not directed at end-users. Instead,
it is primarily intended to be used by those who develop Linux
distributions, binary packages, documentation, etc.
The draft is available through anonymous ftp in
fsstnd-1.0.dvi.gz DVI version
fsstnd-1.0.ps.gz PostScript version
fsstnd-1.0.txt.gz ASCII version
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to direct them
towards me or, if your prefer, any contributor listed in the standard.
PLEASE remember Keywords: and a short description of the software.