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Solaris™ 8 System Administrator Exam Cram™ 2 (Exams CX-310-011 and CX-310-012) by Darrell L. Ambro

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File and Directory Concepts

Data stored on file systems consists of directories and files. Directories serve as folders to arrange the files into some organized, user-defined structure. In reality, all the files and directories are stored more or less randomly on the disk. The files and (other) directories are then referenced or linked into directories to provide the organization. In addition, several types of special files are used.

Sometimes files and directories are not needed frequently or use up more space than desired. To address this issue, Solaris 8 provides several utilities to compress files and directories so that they take up less space; they can be uncompressed as needed.

The following sections provide an overview of these file/directory ...

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