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The File System Hierarchy

The Linux Filesystem Hierarchy is about making sure that programs can find configuration files and other files, regardless of which disribution of linux they run on.

It does this by documenting where the main popular distibutions place the same files, and once consensus is achieved, discouraging everyone else from using an unusual location.

Like any process which tries to make divergent infrastructures convergent, it is always playing catch up and is always incomplete.