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linux usr-local-bin director

What is /usr/local/bin?

/usr/local/bin is for programs that a normal user may run.

The /usr/local hierarchy is for use by the system administrator when installing software locally.

It needs to be safe from being overwritten when the system software is updated.

It may be used for programs and data that are shareable amongst a group of hosts, but not found in /usr.

Locally installed software must be placed within /usr/local rather than /usr unless it is being installed to replace or upgrade software in /usr.

This source helps explain the filesystem hierarchy standard on a deeper level.


  • "usr" stands for UNIX System Resources. This is the location that system programs and libraries are stored.

  • "local" represents resources that were not shipped with the standard distribution and, usually, compiled and maintained on a per site basis.


  • "bin" represents binary compiled executables.


How to put executable to /usr/local/bin?

There are various things to consider; just for completeness:

First of all, you should make sure that this executable has in fact the required permissions.

sudo chmod a+rx /path/to/profit

(for example when extracting archives that were thrown together using the zip tool, permissions can get lost)

Then you can either copy the file as Gunnar suggested; or you can create a symbolic link:

sudo ln -s /path/to/profit /usr/local/bin

Depending on your context, using a link might be more convenient in the future; on the other hand it carries some security risks (for example when /path/to/profit can be written by non-root users) linux usr-local-bin director


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