/var or /home

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#1 Mon, 02/14/2011 - 09:03

/var or /home

I am new to virtual hosting. In the past I have had one website per server and evrything went into /var. It appears however that with virtualmin they go into /home/site. Is this acurate? Also do MYsql data bases still go into /var or would each sites database live in /home/site.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 09:12


Websites do indeed go in /home... that's because each website is associated with a users account, which also exists in /home.

MySQL databases would go in /var/lib/mysql. That's because they aren't accessed directly like files for a website... instead, users access their database information via the MySQL daemon.


Mon, 02/14/2011 - 09:23

All of which can be configured of course to have the stuff go into other directories. :) Though if there is no real reason to do that, the defaults work nicely.

One reason to e.g. move the MySQL databases elsewhere, in my case to /home/mysql, is that I have a RAID-1 partition for /home for data safety, whereas the / filesystem (including everything except /home) is a non-RAID partition.

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