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

[ Thanks to Gene
for this link. ]

“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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