[arch-general] What files are tipically in /usr/local/share?

Morgan Adamiec morganamilo at gmail.com
Wed Feb 21 09:26:03 UTC 2018

On 21 February 2018 at 09:21, Marcelo "Marc" Ranolfi via arch-general
<arch-general at archlinux.org> wrote:
> Hi,
> I've just accidentally deleted my '/usr/local/share' folder.
> This happened while I was creating custom copies of launchers from
> /usr/share/applications.
> Now, if I understand it correctly, the '/usr/local' directory should
> only contain files created by the user. In fact, I checked other
> subdirectories (bin, etc, games, include, lib, man, sbin, src) and
> they are all empty, except for a couple files I manually created in
> 'sbin' and 'lib'.
> But, as I was almost sure that the 'share' dir specifically was _not_
> empty before I started messing with it, I just ran 'pacman -Qkq' and
> it reported '/usr/local/share/man' missing.
> This was promptly fixed by reinstalling the 'filesystem' package.
> But this has me wondering if there was something more important which
> resides there.
> Perhaps something generated by an application or script.
> None of my backups include that directory, so I'm afraid this makes me
> impossible to check for myself, other than installing/configuring
> everything from scratch.
> Can you guys clarify this for me?
> In case it's relevant, my desktop stack has Cinnamon, LightdDM,
> networkManager, Samba and other less important packages on top of a
> standard Arch Linux setup.
> Thank you,
> Marc

/usr/share that a lot of stuff in it. Quoting directly from `man hier`
"This directory contains subdirectories with specific application
data, that can be shared among different architectures of the same OS.
Often one finds stuff here that used to live in /usr/doc or /usr/lib
or /usr/man."

I would recommend you reinstall every package you currently have installed.

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