@ sdonald - you're welcome!
@ redbonz2 - ask away, what would you like to know?
Linux (typically) uses partitioned disks, these disks are "chopped" up in sections for safety. A filesystem manifests itself as an upside-down tree. The first point is the "root" and everything else has to be "hooked" to it, that's called "being mounted". In escence, everything in Linux manifests itself as a folder. An example is a USB stick. After plugging it in, the system does what you should be doing by hand: mounting the stick
. Once mounted, you dont change device (like in the "other" one) but actually navigate to a folder
(mostly) called /media - the slash is part of the name. The folder /media, is "mounted" on to the "root", it is at top level.
Okay, enough theory, now for some practice.
Open a console, issue this (including slash)
to go to the "root", and then
to see what's there, a small extract:
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Feb 22 17:40 bin
drwxr-xr-x 4 root root 1024 Feb 22 17:19 boot
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 Aug 28 2010 build
drwxr-xr-x 15 root root 5260 Feb 23 18:01 dev
drwxr-xr-x 78 root root 4096 Feb 23 18:01 etc
drwxr-xr-x 5 root root 4096 Sep 6 2010 home
drwxr-xr-x 11 root root 4096 Feb 22 17:20 lib
Everything that begins with a "d
" is a folder, these are owned by the "Root" - the main user (dont confuse him/her with the root of the system).
Enter a folder
for example and repeat the "ls -al
" command, and see if you can spot some more folders...
Lost? Dont worry, just like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, Linux has some magic, issue
and nothing else and you're back home...
Your Linux should have something like an explorer/file browser. Play with that too, there's nothing you can break, as long as you're not in the Root account...
Ask away, we'll help you through. But, best to start your own thread, let's not hijack sdonald's thread, here