Chapter 7. Administering File Systems

A file system is a structure of directories used to locate and store files. The term file system is used in several different ways.

  • To describe the entire file tree from the root directory downward.

  • To describe a particular type of file system: disk based, network based, or virtual.

  • To describe the data structure of a disk slice or other media storage device.

  • To describe a portion of a file tree structure that is attached to a mount point on the main file tree so that a portion is accessible.

Usually, you can tell from context which meaning is intended.

The Solaris system software uses the virtual file system (VFS) architecture, which provides a standard interface for different file system types. The kernel handles ...

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