Default location to store source code

Colin Law clanlaw at
Tue Apr 30 07:13:14 UTC 2013

On 30 April 2013 07:00, Sabniveesu Shashank <shashank16392 at> wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 10:05 AM, Nils Kassube <kassube at> wrote:
>> Sabniveesu Shashank wrote:
>> > I'd like to know where generally downloaded source code (from SVN/git)
>> > etc. are placed on a Linux machine.
>> I don't think there is a default location for such downloads. Usually
>> you would download that type of source code from a terminal and then it
>> is downloaded to the current directory. If you use a GUI application it
>> may or may not use the xdg directory "/home/$USER/Downloads".
>> Nils
> Let me make it more clear -
> "I am starting out to contribute to open source projects. Hence, what is the
> recommended/preferred location to store the checkouts?"

There is no recommended/preferred location as far as I know.  It makes
no difference to anyone apart from yourself.  I have a directory
~/sources that I put them in, but that is just for my convenience.


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