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I am developing a set of scripts, which I want to be present for all users, when I set up a server. But I don't want them in the standard locations like /usr[/local]/[bin],[sbin] etc.

Is there some existing convention for where such scripts should be placed?

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Possible duplicate of – user68186 Oct 2 '12 at 18:05
For those who may be interested there is an old usenet thread here,…, which leads to something more direct – vfclists Oct 2 '12 at 19:06
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As far as I know there is no place for custom Linux scripts. The directory that should be used for custom install is the /opt directory so it would be the safest option to place them there. But keep in mind that for a script to be able to be used without the full path you need it to be included in the PATH variable.

If you need help changing the PATH variable for all users you can check How do I set PATH variables for all users on a server? which refers you to the /etc/environment file to configure this.

If your concern is to avoid clashes but you don't want to add another route to the PATH variable you could use /usr/local/bin. In my server installation it doesn't have any file so that it could be a easy work-around.

Hope it helps

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You could place the scripts in /opt/bin and add the location to the PATH.


  1. Linux path environment variable

  2. Permanently add a directory to shell PATH

    For global use in:



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+1 for the links. – user68186 Oct 2 '12 at 18:25

There are several places you could put these, typically I place them in /opt/ and update PATH for each user (or globally in /etc/bash.bashrc) so it's available to users. /opt/ is more or less designed for what you're looking to do.

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/usr/local/bin seems to be the conventional place, and this directory should be empty on a fresh installs.

Source: The accepted answer on this question:

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This always throws me off - would a script (i.e., a non-binary file) go into bin? etc? opt? sigh. – Monkpit May 20 at 17:31

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