Originally Posted by geekmaster
Like I said, you should put your files on /mnt/us. In my case, I put "nano" and other stuff in /mnt/us/bin. Then in /bin I created symlinks to the files in /mnt/us/bin. It works well and uses almost no space on the root partition. Like knc1 said /usr/local/bin is not a safe place to store stuff (not even symlinks).
+1 For this.
Similarly the "home" construct could be managed in this way
(although there are more issues around it so frankly I didn't bother.)
It far less painful to replace a symbolic link than lose your binaries.