What is the purpose of the bin directory? What are some examples?

  • The usage of bin directory is which it contains many commands, scripts and more number of executable files and it is mainly for executing the above in order to accomplish a task.
    – vembutech
    Jan 9, 2015 at 9:25
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    See askubuntu.com/questions/138547/…
    – Rinzwind
    Jan 9, 2015 at 9:34

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/bin — Essential command binaries that need to be available in single user mode; for all users, e.g., cat, ls, cp.

This Wikipedia article may be useful for you: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filesystem_Hierarchy_Standard


bin directory contains executable files that you have in your system..its like program files if we compare to MS windows .every user individually will have a bin directory which has his own executables...and there is also sbin directory which will have system level programs

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