I use Linux for 2 years at my work and I still confused where should my installed programs remain. Now I use /opt/<program> e.g. I've installed vim73 from sources there (reason not to use package manager is there is no 7.3 version of VIM in my sources e.g. /etc/apt/sources.list on my Ubuntu).

But all my programs I installed from sources previously are scattered among FS everywhere like PHP 5.3.6 remains in /opt/local/php53, apache in /etc/, vlc in /etc/mutimedia etc.

Is there some convention I can follow?

1 Answer 1


Absolutely. It's called the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard.

  • 5
    So to answer the question, according to the FHS linked above you should install programs in /opt.
    – Air
    Feb 23, 2014 at 15:20

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.