The objectroot filesystem hierarchy
In the objectroot information model, computing, at its highest level of abstraction, is a ménage à trois between hosts, organizations and users.
Hosts are entities that provide computing services. A host consists of an operating system kernel and its associated service configuration. There can be any number of hosts on a single physical computer.
Organizations are software publishers. An organization is represented on the local computer by a collection of its published software.
Users initiate computing tasks on hosts using software provided by organizations. A user object is often associated to a human individual, but it may also be entirely virtual in nature.
Each of the above three types of objects has its own container directory in the root of the filesystem name space. A central goal in objectroot is to make these object types as decoupled from each other as possible (but not more decoupled), and allow the interplay between them to happen with maximum flexibility.
/boot — Second-stage bootloader. Optional.
/mnt — Temporarily mounted filesystems. Optional.
Symbolic links for backward compatibility:
To explore the branches,
the root directory is universal and,
unlike in the classic Unix
no longer the property of just a single operating system instance.
The traditional Unix filesystem root has, in effect, been demoted two
directory levels down, to
/hosts/self, with the cleaned-up
“super root” only containing objects that are shareable between
all host instances.
Arrangements for backward compatibility
This reorganization brings the retirement of a number of Unix
“totems” from the root.
For example, the directories
are gone, while most of the remaining directories exist only as symbolic
links pointing to their new locations.
/bin, /dev and /tmp
/bin directory has been moved.
A symbolic link pointing to its new location allows legacy shell
scripts with a shebang line of the form
#!/bin/cmd to continue to work.
/dev directory has been moved.
A symbolic link pointing to its new location allows references to
idiomatic names such as
/dev/null to continue to work.
/tmp directory has been moved.
A symbolic link pointing to its new location allows legacy references
to the directory to continue to work, for now.