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Linux All-in-One For Dummies, 5th Edition by Emmett Dulaney

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Chapter 4

Navigating the Linux File System

In This Chapter

arrow Finding out about the Linux file system

arrow Navigating the system with Linux commands

arrow Understanding file permissions

arrow Manipulating files and directories with Linux commands

To use files and directories well, you need to understand the concept of a hierarchical file system. Even if you use the GUI file managers (addressed in the next chapter) to access files and folders (folders are also called directories), you can benefit from a lay of the land of the file system.

This chapter introduces the Linux file system and shows you how to work with files and directories using several Linux commands.

Understanding the Linux File System

Like any other operating system, Linux organizes information in files and directories. A directory is a special file that can contain other files and directories. Because a directory can contain other directories, this method of organizing files gives rise to a hierarchical structure. This hierarchical organization of files is the file system.

The Linux file system gives you a unified view of all storage ...

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