A few days ago I implied not everything unixy stores
the home directories in /home oh github . Then I
wondered why I have seen both /home and /usr/home on
FreeBSD systems and took a look into `hier(7)'
The only $HOME mentioned in the manpage is /root,
no /home or /usr/home. The most useful information
I found is a mailinglist thread discussing the
From what I've understood /home is/was used as a
mount point when there's a separate partition for
the users' home directories. When there's no such
partition it's symlink to /usr/home assuming /usr
has it's own partition thus the users' home
directories won't clutter the root filesystem.
I'm not 100% sure that's correct. A recent 10.2
installation on ZFS created a separate filesystem
for the home directories but it's mounted under
/usr/home and /home is a symlink pointing there.
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