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I've been trying to find some documentation that defines the standard which Ubuntu uses for installing applications. I'm making a web app that I want to install it in the correct places.

As an example, I've noticed the following directory pattern with MediaWiki.

  • configuration files are in /etc/mediawiki
  • dynamic files are in /var/lib/mediawiki
  • static files are in /usr/share/mediawiki

There seems to be the same standard with other apps, but I have yet to find documentation that says these files go there and not somewhere else.

Does anyone know a good resource for this information?

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Ubuntu, like its parent, Debian, follows the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard. The Ubuntu policy or Debian policy manual is the definitive resource for this.

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