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eg bin, sbin, proc, lib, boot, usr, etc...

Is there a standard list somewhere, does it depend on the distro?

This is essentially to answer the common question I have "I'm installing X or putting Y on the server, what folder should I put it in?"

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Each distro may have their own quirks, but the overall file system structure should be more or less the same:

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If you're installing X or Y, and it's not a standard OS package, then stuff should end up in /usr/local/bin, /usr/local/lib/, etc.

The Filesystem Hierarchy Standard and Linux Standard Base is probably a good place to start if you want to reference the closest thing there is to a standard list.

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