Use of /opt

Matthias Benkmann matthias at
Mon Oct 15 12:09:26 PDT 2001

On 15 Oct 2001, at 14:16, Gerard Beekmans wrote:

> On Sun, Oct 14, 2001 at 07:06:22PM -0400, Jason M'Sadoques wrote:
> > I'm installing LFS 3.0 from an existing LFS 2.4.2 system. I noticed in
> > the begining of installation that the directory /opt is created, in
> > compliance to the FHS standard. I read the FHS standard regarding /opt,
> > but I'm not sure that I understand what it is saying.
> > 
> > I have a couple of questions regarding /opt. It says in the FHS document
> > that /opt is the location for add-on application software packages. What
> > exactly does that mean? What software is considered add-on, everything
> > after the base LFS install?
> /opt is meant like /usr/local (at least in my eyes, anything else wouldn't
> make sense and FHS isn't known to make sense at times). It's to install
> stuff that you personally install and is not done by your distribution's
> intsallation tool.

I think the difference is that in /opt you usually put big stuff that gets 
its own directory, such as /opt/kde.


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