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Linux.com: The Linux Directory Structure

Jun 14, 2000, 10:54 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Dominico)

"So, you've taken the plunge and installed Linux. Congratulations! You've taken the first step on a long but very rewarding journey, and we're here to help. If you've come from a Windows or Macintosh background, you're going to be faced with some potentially unfamiliar concepts that are essential to using the system effectively. Let's get started by talking about a very important concept: the Linux directory structure."

"If you've come from, say, a Windows background, you're used to certain types of files being in certain locations. Linux is no different in this respect, except that the locations are different. You may find the Linux way of doing things more preferable, simply because files are arranged in a more logical hierarchy."

"The first thing to note is that in a directory path, directory and file names are separated by forward slashes ("/") instead of backslashes. In Linux, directories are arranged in a tree-like structure, starting with what is known as the "root," or top-most directory. The root directory is represented by a single forward slash. Underneath it are the main system directories."

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