System Directories

The base filesystem is laid out as follows.

A few standard linux directories are now considered private, and only included for compatibility with the current libc.

/bin   <-- contains latest node executable

All user-editable content should be in user-directories. The root user’s home is in it’s standard /root location.

/root  <-- root user
/home  <-- non-root users

The [[root]] user is special because it boots the system.

Other standard kernel-provided file systems are mounted in their usual locations.

/dev   <-- devfs
/proc  <-- procfs
/sys   <-- sysfs
/tmp   <-- tmpfs

user directories

There are no global services, modules, or commands. Directories that were once system-leve, like etc, and var are now user-local.

  bin/             <-- executable commands
    ls, cp, mv
    node_modules/  <-- modules installed by npkg
  log/             <-- logs from init jobs
  etc/             <-- configuration files
  var/             <-- persistent data
  tmp/             <-- ephemeral data

In detail:

  • bin contains executable commands, linked during npkg install.
  • lib contains node_modules which holds modules installed by npkg.
  • log contains output from services and jobs.
  • etc contains local config values for services and jobs
  • var holds persistent data for services and jobs.
  • tmp holds ephemeral data for services and jobs.

These directories are used assumed by the npkg command.

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