On Mon 19 Sep 2016 at 13:43:04 (-0500), Kent West wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 19, 2016 at 1:29 PM, Kent West <we...@acu.edu> wrote:
> > On Mon, Sep 19, 2016 at 11:53 AM, Tony Baldwin <tonybald...@gmx.com>
> > wrote:
> >
> >> On 09/19/2016 12:26 PM, Miles Fidelman wrote:
> >>
> >>> On 9/19/16 12:20 PM, Tony Baldwin wrote:
> >>>
> >>> I make a new user on the server for each new WP site, and then install
> >>>> their WP in /home/$user/www . much simpler than having bits of it all
> >>>> over the machine.
> >>>
> >>>
> >
> > So what I'm hearing is that I should forego using apt/aptitude to install
> > WordPress, and just install in manually?

Neither of those people appear to reveal their update policy or how
they deal with security fixes.

> Oh, I forgot to emphasize my broader question: am I correct in thinking
> that pieces of a web server should not be strewn about on the file system,
> simply because it conceptually exposes those parts of the file system to
> *users*?

No. The Debian packaging system is designed to take care of tracking
where files are installed, and updating, or even removing, them correctly.

The files are "scattered" to their appropriate locations, but not in a
careless manner. Take a look at the (recently updated) FHS at
to see why that is so. (Don't download the text version; you need the
formatting to make sense of it.)


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