Chapter 5. Partitioning and File Systems

Terms you’ll need to understand:

Device file

Disk utilization

File system



Primary, logical, and extended partitions


Techniques you’ll need to master:

Identifying device types

Identifying file system types

Partitioning a disk

Creating a file system

Mounting a file system

Unmounting a file system

Checking a file system

Tuning and debugging a file system

Identifying disk usage


Devices on a Linux system are not available to users unless the root user makes them so by setting their access and options in the appropriate configuration files.

The order in which to make a device usable for storing data (and having users access it) is as follows:

  1. Install the device.

  2. Partition ...

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