ANNOUNCE: GHC version 6.8.2

Seth Kurtzberg seth at
Sun Dec 16 15:48:43 EST 2007

Isaac makes an important point (although I'm not sure it's the point he intended to make  :)   ), there is really nothing in the definition of UNIX itself that specifies or requires a home directory.  It's a convention followed by shells, primarily.


On Sun, 16 Dec 2007 14:36:55 -0500
Isaac Dupree <isaacdupree at> wrote:

> Felix Martini wrote:
> > On Dec 16, 2007 3:38 PM, Yitzchak Gale wrote:
> >> No, the two are not the same. It is the User Profile folder.
> >> It is not a Unix-style home directory - there is no such concept
> >> on Windows. The two are used very differently.
> > 
> > I guess we disagree about that. I believe what Micosoft calls the user
> > profile folder is equivalent to what is called the user home folder in
> > Unix. This is especially obvious in Vista, most folder names are the
> > same as in OSX, e.g. C:\Users\Felix\Music and /Users/Felix/Music.
> FWIW, here on Linux I didn't like all my automatically 
> generated-in-$HOME stuff being spewed all over my own organization, so
> ]echo $HOME
> /Users/me/HOME
> (I'm in GoboLinux which uses "/Users" rather than "/home", which isn't 
> important to this)
> and my .zshrc has
> cd; cd ..
> (a.k.a. cd /Users/me)
> to take me to my personal home directory in the non-Unix sense.  It's a 
> bit of a nuisance sometimes, but worth it for me; the worst that happens 
> is sometimes I have to go up a level first in file-chooser dialogs or 
> "~/../" paths.
> Isaac
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