Linux Tutorial Series

Linux Tutorial Series – 19 – Directories and files

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In Linux, you will find both directories and files. Think of directories like folders in Windows or like drawers or folders in everyday life – they are used to store files within them and give structure to your files. (“Directory (computing),” n.d.)⁠ Files are resources for storing information. (“Computer file,” n.d.)⁠

Directories also have a hierarchy. So we can have directory1/directory2. That means that directory2 is a child directory of directory1. Imagine this as a folder within a folder. When we list the “hierarchical trajectory” from some directory to some other directory, we are talking about a path. (“Path (computing),” n.d.)⁠

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