What a Hierarchical File System Is All About
In a nutshell, a hierarchy is a system organized by graded categorization. A familiar example is the organizational structure of a company, where workers report to supervisors and supervisors report to middle managers. Middle managers, in turn, report to senior managers, and senior managers report to vice-presidents, who report to the president of the company. Graphically, this hierarchy looks as shown in Figure 3.1.
Figure 3.1. A typical organizational hierarchy.
You've doubtless seen this type of illustration before, and you know that a higher position indicates more control. Each position is controlled ...