Visit Jeremy's Blog.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 01-09-2011, 09:46 PM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Dec 2010
Posts: 6

Rep: Reputation: 0
General Questions Regarding Available Software

Hi Friends,

Friends i am facing some issue with Linux i want to know how many kinds of file do we have in Linux and what are soft link and hard link mean and the difference. However i want to know also why do we use it in Linux

Can anyone help me with this .

Bimlesh kumar singh
Member of

want to know which email client do we use in Linux

Last edited by XavierP; 01-10-2011 at 01:17 AM.
Old 01-10-2011, 02:29 AM   #2
LQ Guru
Registered: May 2009
Location: Gibraltar, Gibraltar
Distribution: Fedora 20 with Awesome WM
Posts: 6,805
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: 1295Reputation: 1295Reputation: 1295Reputation: 1295Reputation: 1295Reputation: 1295Reputation: 1295Reputation: 1295Reputation: 1295

Have a look at the man page for ln to find out something about hard and soft links:
man ln
Or if you want it with some clear examples and lots of extra information you can find it here at this link.

About the types of files you 'have' in Linux, have a look at the man page for magic:
man magic
You can also look at this page for a (limited) list of file types, or you can have a look at the magicfile on your system. That's the file used by the command file when you want to get information about a file. Do a search to find where exactly your file is, but it should be somewhere in /usr/share.

Kind regards,



Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
3 General Questions AndrewZorn Linux - Newbie 4 04-02-2005 11:09 PM
general questions ChrisC Linux - General 1 03-31-2003 08:28 PM
general software install questions scrotemus Linux - Software 3 12-12-2002 03:16 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:47 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration