Another TDWTFer survey: filesystems



  • Quick question for everyone: how do you organize your files (both at home and at work)?

    I would tend to think that developers are stricter with their directory structures and file naming conventions than typical users. What do you think of that?

    Personally, I'm very strict about my files. If I download a file, depending on its type and its purpose it has a unique place to go. Then, if it's an image or music, I make sure to set appropriate tags and ratings. The result is I pretty much know where every file is. If I want to find a movie I downloaded, I know it's in D:\Entertainment\Movies. If I want to update my resume, there it is in D:\Files\Resume. Is this typical of devs or am I just really anal?



  • @Welbog said:

    I would tend to think that developers are stricter with their directory structures and file naming conventions than typical users.
    If so, then I'm not typical.@Welbog said:
    If I download a file, depending on its type and its purpose it has a unique place to go.
    My Documents/Downloads or ~/Documents/Download depending on the OS. Sometimes they go into $TMP if I know I won't need to keep it.@Welbog said:
    Then, if it's an image or music, I make sure to set appropriate tags and ratings
    I've never done that. @Welbog said:
    The result is I pretty much know where every file is. If I want to find a movie I downloaded, I know it's in D:\Entertainment\Movies. If I want to update my resume, there it is in D:\Files\Resume.
    I just use locate (or ls | grep), and make sure that updatedb gets run occassionally on my Windows boxes.




  • @Welbog said:

    If I want to find a movie I downloaded, I know it's in D:\Entertainment\Movies
    Sure... "movies".  If I want to find my "movies," I open a directory at random.  I find it's more fun to store "movies" across the entire file system.  That way, regardless of what directory you're viewing, there's at least one entertaining thumbnail.



  • In a pre because I can't be bothered to make all those "br /"'s

    ~/bin/
    ~/work/ (has any projects I'm working on)
    ~/Music/
    ~/Documents
    ~/Documents/resume
    ~/Documents/music -> ~/Music
    ~/Documents/video
    ~/Documents/download (default download directory, everything in here gets moved later)
    ~/Documents/src (tar archives of stable releases, I remove the compression first)
    ~/Mail (maildir)
    ~/C (wine's C drive)
    ~/Drop/ (If I need to grab something from an external drive I'll drop it here and archive it later)
    

    I use capital letters when I don't access the folder itself that often, mostly other programs do read from them though. That's the general layout I try to maintain, but it tends to fail horribly.



  •  I like everything in its place. Segregation is what's all about.

    My C:\ partition is somewhat small (20-30GB) and houses Windows and installed programs. Everything else resides in D: (and if need be other parttions). This makes it easy to backup/reinstall. I get Acronis to grab an image of C: and since it takes aeons to do that directly on a USB drive, I can just create the image in D: and then move it to its final destination. Also it's easy to change/reinstall the OS, since I don't have to copy/backup everything to another drive. Plus if I decide to go back, Acronis can put the original C: partition back in minutes.

    As for the actual directories themselves... well it's pretty standard. Movies here, pictures here, pirated backed up games here... you get the idea.



  • @bstorer said:

    Sure... "movies".  If I want to find my "movies," I open a directory at random.  I find it's more fun to store "movies" across the entire file system.  That way, regardless of what directory you're viewing, there's at least one entertaining thumbnail.
    I know what you're saying, but I store all of my "movies" in D:"movies" rather than scatter them everywhere.



  • I guess I'm anal. On my F: (Data) drive I have folders: Music for music, Text for texts, Video for... videos, Dist for giant software installation packages, Inet for stuff I download with my download manager, Фотографии for photos, as well as some other directories I don't want to ramble about. Oh, and there's Temp for... other stuff. Mostly source code. Inet and Text are further subdivided into subfolders.

    I usually retag the music I care about (e.g., remove ID3v1, correct any misspellings), and rename the music files to One True Style. Okay, Two True Styles, I haven't decided which is better.



  • I put everything in /home/stratos/Documents/.  

    When i need a file i simply search for it, this technology is pretty fast and good now a days, so most of the time i can find what i want pretty quick.



  • I tried to organize my picture files into folders based upon dates, events, etc. 

    My wife, who is a very typical user, complained that she could no longer find the pictures she was looking for. She prefers them in a flat directory where she can look at ALL of the thumbnails.

    Of course, if I was not such a cheap bastard, I would buy her some photo album software so she could organize them how she wants and I could keep my folder structure.



  • @jpaull said:

    I tried to organize my picture files into folders based upon dates, events, etc. 

    My wife, who is a very typical user, complained that she could no longer find the pictures she was looking for. She prefers them in a flat directory where she can look at ALL of the thumbnails.

    Of course, if I was not such a cheap bastard, I would buy her some photo album software so she could organize them how she wants and I could keep my folder structure.

    Two words for you, man: Google Picasa.


  • @DOA said:

    Segregation is what's all about.
    In before "That's racist!" kid.



  • @Welbog said:

    Quick question for everyone: how do you organize your files (both at home and at work)?

     

    I'm really specific about music.  Music has it's own folder, each artist has it's own folder.  Inside that each album has it's own folder.  Each title is: <artist> - <album> - <track #> - <track>.  

     

    Every other file goes to Desktop.  (I think I even run Eclipse from a folder named eclipse on the desktop)



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  • My stuff tends to be well-organized.

     

    /root/dox/

    /root/vid/

    /root/img/

    /root/music/

    /root/dls/  (downloads)

    etc... 



  • I have c:\mp3s, c:\tv, c:\movies, c;&lt;code word for porn> in addition to c:\videos, which is a catch all for videos that aren't tv or movies or porn (like purepwnage episodes and machinima).  Each of those folders has subfolders in them.

    In addition, for downloaded install programs and downloaded zip files, I have c:\DL-progs and c:\DL-zips.

    Beyond that, it's kind of a clusterfuck.  I know where to find everything, but God help me explain it to someone else.  I used to use my desktop more heavily, but it got too cluttered, so I created a folder on my desktop called "all the shit on my desktop" for things that I didn't want on there anymore.

    Then, I got in on the BumpTop beta, so I've been creating piles out of the files on my desktop.  It allows me to put more files there without it becoming too cluttered.

    Also, I don't use My Documents much.  Screenshots from games go in there, and ... that may be it.  I come from an era before there was My Documents, so I never got used to using it.



  • @belgariontheking said:

    I used to use my desktop more heavily, but it got too cluttered, so I created a folder on my desktop called "all the shit on my desktop" for things that I didn't want on there anymore.
    I treat my desktop as a truly temporary space. If I create an icon on my desktop, it is there as a reminder for me to do something and once I've done it I delete it. For example, I have links to leads in my current job hunt on my desktop. Once I have secured a new position they will be gone and my desktop will be clear again.



  • @Welbog said:

    @belgariontheking said:

    I used to use my desktop more heavily, but it got too cluttered, so I created a folder on my desktop called "all the shit on my desktop" for things that I didn't want on there anymore.
    I treat my desktop as a truly temporary space. If I create an icon on my desktop, it is there as a reminder for me to do something and once I've done it I delete it. For example, I have links to leads in my current job hunt on my desktop. Once I have secured a new position they will be gone and my desktop will be clear again.

    I don't even have icons on my desktop, nor the ability to have them (without adding a component to my window manager). 



  • @bstorer said:

    @DOA said:
    Segregation is what's all about.
    In before "That's racist!" kid.
    I have separate water fountains for my movies and my games. Also the MP3s have to sit at the back of the bus. Born to be Wild by Steppenwolf once tried to sit at the front but I kicked its ass.

    On a side note it just occured to me that this must be the geekiest thread I've taken part in.



  • @DOA said:

    On a side note it just occured to me that this must be the geekiest thread I've taken part in.
     

    Correction: this was.



  • I am very particular about my photos and the file structure.  They are stored by type of shoot.  events is one type.  I have sub categories like night club or Concert.  Under night club I have the different promoters listed.  Under that the events they run.  Under that individual nights.

     

    It looks like this

    Events
    .....Club Nights
    ..........Latex Lilly
    ...............Night of the Dolls
    ....................10-22-2009
    .........................JPG
    .........................Digital negatives
    .........................PSD

     I also specify very descriptive keywords for every photo via lightroom. 


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

     

    The Vista Monolith is organized by drive.

    C: - OS, Local user profile
    D: - Program Files
    E: - Program Files (Continued)
    F: - Video project drive (Organized by project)
    G: - Code project drive (Organized by project)
    H: - Downloaded materials staging (Organized by date)
    I: - Movies (Organized by title)
    J: - Music (Structure is for example J:\A\A Band\An album\01-A song.flac)
    K: - Music (VA only)
    L: Software ISOs (Organized by genre/purpose)
    M: DVDRW
    N: DVDRW
    O: Virtual HD-DVD/Blu-Ray
    P: Virtual HD-DVD/Blu-Ray
    Q: Virtual HD-DVD/Blu-Ray
    R: Virtual HD-DVD/Blu-Ray
    S: EXT3 mount /home
    T: EXT3 mount /var
    U: SMB Share Storage
    V: SMB Share <Classified>
    W: SMB Share personal webspace
    X: <Free>
    Y: SMB Share roaming profile (work)
    Z: <Free>

     

    All my other machines are organized in specific ways depending on their usage, with anything miscellenous just dumped in a big ugly pile in ~


  • Pretty simple for me.

    c:\vsp&nbsp; - All my visual studio projects

    c:\tools\ - All my build & third - party tools

    c:\temp&nbsp; - stuff I'm reviewing and will delete or move to an appropriate folder

    My Documents - Junk folder, I never put anything here for long term storage

    Desktop - just a few folders with docs for projects I currently working on

     



  • @galgorah said:

    ....................10-22-2009

    Where do you keep your time-travel software? Do you need special hardware for that?



  • I have everything in the root folder and use a scheme like this to find what I want:


    that's how I sort

    But serious now. My music is separated in a structure that goes genre/artist/album and my pictures go into author/occasion. Everything else, I mostly leave it where the installer or downloader put them. If there's some file which needs some more urgent attention, I'll place a shortcut for it in my desktop and leave it there until I'm done with said file.



  • @Welbog said:

    @galgorah said:

    ....................10-22-2009

    Where do you keep your time-travel software? Do you need special hardware for that?
    I just plug in my modified delorian  via usb.  windows picks it right up.


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