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log 06-13-2003 02:01 AM

Filesystem question
Ok, so im still a newbie.

But I still dont understand the Linux/Unix file system.

what is /proc for?
Ive kinda figured out that /etc is for configuration files....but why the hell did they call it "etc"?:confused:

anyway, if some1 could point me to a document where it explains the filesystem, id be less of a newbie :) hehe, im on my way to becoming a non-newbie.

Thanks guys

whansard 06-13-2003 02:18 AM

proc is for processes. so you can get at the os's
goings on. they're not really files in there. just links
to processes.

log 06-13-2003 02:39 AM

ahh, hence the name proc :) hehe

thanx for your reply.

still wondering what the rest of them mean? /home is obvious, and so is /root

slakmagik 06-13-2003 02:48 AM

You can learn a lot of what's going on by cat'ing or less'ing a lot of stuff in proc - a couple of files will make your display go haywire *g* but a lot of it's great stuff.

dev=device files
sbin=system binaries
var=variable data
usr=user files
etc=dumb term that should have been cfg. *g*

Stuff like that.

fancypiper 06-13-2003 03:01 AM

# Linux filesystem structure
Directory Navigation Help File
Filesystems, Directories, and Devices Help File
Proper Filesystem Layout

log 06-13-2003 03:13 AM

thanx for youre help guys.

Soon ill classify myself as a non-newbie

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