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CLI for Noobies: A Primer on the Linux Command Line by Joe Barr

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Chapter 4. Man for Hier: The File System Hierarchy

This chapter continues the theme of files. But instead of looking closely at their navels, we are going to stand back, squint our eyes a bit, and try to discern the structure of the forest.

We’ll cover where certain types of files are typically kept in Linux distributions. That’s where using the man command for hier comes into play: it covers the complete file system hierarchy.

We’ll also spend a little bit of time on how to find or locate that one particular file on your system that you need in order to whatever.

Where things go on your system is important. Libraries, for example, need to be where programs expect them to be. Programs, too, or they won’t execute when you tell them to.

And believe ...

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