Unix Guide - Local Unix Conventions

Last Updated: 06/19/2011

Local Documents

This document is designed to introduce Boulder Campus users to local Unix conventions that they may have not seen on Unix systems at other sites. The directory

/usr/cns/doc

contains several files that explain OIT procedures, user responsibilities, and some third-party software documentation. In particular, Accounts, Disk Allocation, and User Responsibilities should be consulted.

Home Directory Conventions

The path to a user's home directory uses the following convention:

/home/username

where username usually corresponds to your last name or some variation of your last and first name and/or initials, or the first two letters of your first name, the first two letters of your last name and a four digit number. For example, if my name is Ralphie Buffalo, then my home directory might be

/home/rabu1234

While your physical home directory may be slightly different (i.e., /home3/username/), the physical location can change due to disk space demands. The path to your home directory of /home/username/ is always guaranteed to work.