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A Practical Guide to Red Hat® Linux® 8 by Mark G. Sobell

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The Hierarchical Filesystem

A hierarchical (page 1471) structure frequently takes the shape of a pyramid. One example of this type of structure is found by tracing a family's lineage: A couple has a child who may have several children, each of whom may have more children. This hierarchical structure shown in Figure 4-1 is called a family tree.

Figure 4-1. A family tree

Like the family tree it resembles, the GNU/Linux filesystem is also called a tree. It is composed of a set of connected files. This structure allows you to organize files so you can easily find any particular one. On a standard GNU/Linux system, each user starts with one directory. ...

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