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Thread: usr/bin/X11

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    usr/bin/X11

    Why are there multiple nested copies of this folder (more than 30) and usr/bin is about 5 gb in size.

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    Re: usr/bin/X11

    I should have mentioned that I'm using hardy 8.04 kernal 2.6.24-16 generic

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    Re: usr/bin/X11

    wow, this is a rocky intro to this forum! The usr/bin file size is in fact about 114 mb

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    Re: usr/bin/X11

    Code:
      /usr/bin:
      lrwxrwxrwx  1 root   root           1 2008-01-15 05:14 X11 -> .
    X11 is a symlink to /usr/bin. So /usr/bin/X11 points to the same location as /usr/bin. The symlink takes up almost no space.

    Way back when, people used to put X applications in /usr/bin/X11, and command-line tools in /usr/bin. It appears Ubuntu decided /usr/bin is good enough. But for compatibility with any scripts that might refer to /usr/bin/X11, they use the symlink to trick the computer into finding X apps even if they are referred to using the /usr/bin/X11 path.
    Last edited by unutbu; May 23rd, 2008 at 04:20 PM.

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