The FreeBSD Directory Structure

If you have used any UNIX or UNIX-like operating system, FreeBSD's directory structure will undoubtedly look familiar (see Figure 9.1).

Figure 9.1. The FreeBSD filesystem, showing part of the hierarchical structure beginning at “/”, or the root directory.

However, there are some key differences between the FreeBSD filesystem and the one used by Linux, and between those from Solaris and other UNIXs. For users coming from a Windows or Macintosh background, the directory structure can be extremely cryptic. As with much in the UNIX realm, the original reasons for such things as the quirky traditional naming scheme are ...

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