[TUHS] The origin of /home

Tony Finch dot at dotat.at
Fri Sep 28 18:33:45 AEST 2018

Dan Cross <crossd at gmail.com> wrote:
> I intentionally eschew /home on a few systems. 4.4BSD had a convention of
> placing user home directories in /a, /b, etc. 4.4BSD-Lite also had
> /var/users. Both of which I occasionally use.

The /a convention seems to go back quite a long way. I was looking through
old password files to see where the home directories were, e.g.


has a lot of /a/guest whereas 4.3BSD has /usr/guest

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