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LinuxNewbie.org: Directory Navigation NHF

Dec 04, 2000, 14:31 (0 Talkback[s])
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"This is an incredibly basic NHF designed to give a general idea of the layout of the standard Linux filesystem. Since this varies quite a bit from distribution to distribution, not everything in here will hold true for all distributions. Since I know Debian, that's the one I'm providing the boot script structure for. Anyone who knows RedHat/Mandrake/SuSE/whatever can feel free to add data on how those distros do things (although it will invariably be inferior to Debian's methods ;)."

"Note on Unix programs: Windows programs generally put all or most of their files in one directory. Program x might be in c:\program_crud\X, for example, and Y might be in c:\games\Y. Unix uses a much more efficient (but also more confusing to us humans) system where, instead of dividing files by program, files are divided by purpose. Binaries go in one place, config files in another, and data in yet another... This can be quite confusing for a user migrating to Unix from Windows, and this NHF should help you locate stuff... Hopefully."

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