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Old 10-28-2003, 12:30 AM   #1
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my "home" folder is empty

My home folder on redhat linux 9 is empty, i had the understanding that it should be like a My computer on windows. Is this not true? If it is then why is it empty? IF it isn't true then is there a folder like a my computer where the hard drives and system items are. I know this is probably a dumb quesiton but please help. Thank u,
Old 10-28-2003, 01:15 AM   #2
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Yes... /home is the place where all the folders of the different users are stored. One can expect then


To go to your home just type

echo $PWD

echo $HOME
And you will see your configured home directory.
Old 10-28-2003, 02:17 AM   #3
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The /home directory is the 'master' directory for all indivdual user directories. As Jose Muniz states, each user will be given his/her own directory within /home. Therefore, when you first create a user "xyz", the directory /home/xyz will also be created, but naturally there won't be anything in there at first. (Technically there will be some hidden files in there, to see a listing of them, run the command: ls -a however those files should be left alone) Once you start creating documents, etc, your /home directory will start to fill up. -- J.W.
Old 10-28-2003, 09:40 AM   #4
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Think of the home directory as "My Documents". It won't contain anything yet, as you haven't created any documents yet.

There is no such concept as c: drive, d: drive in Linux. Such things just appear as "folder" in Windows terms AFAIK. e.g. Your CD-ROM drive will just be a folder like /CDROM or /MNT/CDROM.


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