Objective 1: Create Partitions and Filesystems

The term filesystem refers to two different things. First, it can mean the way files and directories are physically structured on a disk or other storage medium. Linux supports many different filesystems (in this sense of the word), including ext2 and ext3, the nonjournaled and journaled (respectively) native filesystems; msdos or vfat, the native MS-DOS and Windows (respectively) filesystems; JFS, a filesystem used on OS/2 and AIX; XFS, the native IRIX filesystem; and many, many others.

In the second sense of the word, it refers to the structure and contents of some storage medium. To view the contents of a filesystem (in this sense of the word) on a Linux system, the device must be mounted, or attached to the hierarchical directory structure on the system. Much of the strength and flexibility of Linux (and Unix) comes from the ability to mount any filesystem that it supports, whether that filesystem is somewhere remote on the network or on a locally attached disk, anywhere in its directory structure, in a way that is completely transparent to users. For example, the files under /usr will work equally well whether they are on a disk attached to the system or mounted from a master server. Even the / (root) filesystem can be located on a distant server if the system is properly configured.

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