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Canada Computes: Linux for Newbies, Part 10: Finding Files

Apr 29, 2000, 14:26 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gene Wilburn)

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"Now where did I put that file?" is a common question on all computer systems. On Linux systems file dispersal is a particular fact of life when you add programs to your system either via RPM's or hand-rolled tarballs. Where did the RPM put that executable or library file? Where are those sample Java programs I was experimenting with? Where did that PNG graphic I created with the GIMP get stored?"

"Finding things is somewhat easier on Linux than on some operating systems because Linux has a logical file structure. You can usually find binary files, for instance, by simply looking in logical places, such as /bin, /sbin, /usr/bin, /usr/sbin, and /usr/local/bin. ... Most of your own files end up somewhere in your /home directory."

"Even though the logic of the file system helps, when you are looking for something among the thousands of files that typically populate any Linux setup, it's nice to know that there are aids for finding things."

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