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FreeOS.com: The Linux filesystem explained

Jan 06, 2001, 18:36 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mayank Sarup)

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"The first thing that most new users shifting from Windows will find confusing is navigating the Linux filesystem. The Linux filesystem does things a lot differently from the Windows filesystem. This article explains the differences and takes you through the layout of the Linux filesystem."

"For starters, there is only a single hierarchal directory structure. Everything starts from the root directory, represented by '/', and then expands into sub-directories. Where DOS/Windows had various partitions and then directories under those partitions, Linux places all the partitions under the root directory by 'mounting' them under specific directories. Closest to root under Windows would be c:\."

"Under Windows, the various partitions are detected at boot and assigned a drive letter. Under Linux, unless you mount a partition or a device, the system does not know of the existence of that partition or device. This might not seem to be the easiest way to provide access to your partitions or devices but it offers great flexibility."

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