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SAMS Teach Yourself Unix in 10 Minutes by Robert Shimonski

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File System Design

Unix's file system is one of the strongest and most flexible in use today. This file system was made for power and not for ease of use, so navigating it can seem somewhat cryptic. Try not to worry, however, because the purpose of this lesson is to help eliminate any potential confusion. In this section of the lesson, we will take our first step toward that goal by looking at some of the design features that make up the Unix file system.

In Unix, the file system is laid out so that there is a single root directory. This is unlike Microsoft Windows, for example, where Windows will have multiple drive letters such as C:\, D:\, and so on. From the single root directory in the Unix file system, the file tree sprouts. A sample file ...

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