Creating New Filesystems

When you install Red Hat Linux, the installation process makes some new filesystems and sets up the system to use them.

Many operating systems don't distinguish between the preparation of the device's surface to receive data (formatting) and the building of new filesystems. Linux does distinguish between the two, principally because only diskettes need formatting and also because Linux offers as many as half a dozen different filesystems that can be created (on any block device). Separately providing the facility of formatting diskettes in each of these programs is poor design and requires you to learn a different way of doing it for each kind of new filesystem. The process of formatting diskettes is dealt with separately. ...

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