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Old 10-02-2003, 05:44 PM   #1
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Question Directories?

Ok ive read this post and found it extremely informative, however id like to know what the diffrent directories r for? i mean in windows (dont like it much) folders like program files, history, my documents those make sence to me, but var, usr and stuff i dont get. im very interested in learning linux, theres just somethings i dont get

So if any1 can post a link or soemthing id greatly appreciate it.
Old 10-02-2003, 06:49 PM   #2
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It sounds like you probably have a lot of other questions about Linux too, and I recommend you take a look at Paul Sheer's book "Rute" which can be found here:

I think Rute is an excellent resource and explains many things very clearly. As for original question, the purpose and function of directories in Linux is exactly the same as in Windows. It's just a way to organize your data and your files. Obviously Linux directories will be named differently from Windows direcotries, but after you spend some time with them they won't be confusing at all.

A good explanation of many typical Linux directories can be found here under the heading of "File System Layout". -- J.W.
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This link seems to be broken. I then searched for the book " Linux Rute User's Tutorial and Exposition"

Anyway I found eventually a local place to order this excellent sounding book. Thanks for the tip.
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the directory structors make sence a bit after you know what there for
/boot boot related files
/bin programs are palced here
/sbin like /bin only its suposed to ahve restricted acess so normal users cant veiw or run any programs in here
/var take your pick, this is micalanious stuff in here, usualy stuff like logs, think of it as variable,
/tmp tempary stuff usless garbage
/usr mostly has the same stuff as / does only these arint required at boot
/dev devices are lsited here
/proc a non existant file system is mounted here, actualy its a look at what the kernel sees, its size is 0 sence its just a refrece to stuff in ram, some things can be altered, others cant
/mnt usualy contains folders used for as mount points for cdorm and flopy drives
/lib contains libaraies programs can sue to run
/share another micelanious file, this usualy keeps garabe, most of it can be deleted, if you delet the worng thing tho, your system will go wacky, jsut likeit sounds this folder usualy keeps fiels that are emnt to be shared between programs, like definitions and such


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