A file system structure in which to store computer files.

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Why can't I have a folder and a file with the same name?

I've never had this problem before, but for some reason, I can't rename my folder to packages/. This is the structure: root - packages_old/ - packages When I try to rename the folder with ...
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What are ./ and ../ directories?

Simple question, but I'm not sure where to look and google doesn't respond to periods and slashes. I'm just trying to count the # of files & directories in the current directory (not including ...
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mkdir -p for files

mkdir -p will create a directory; it will also make parent directories as needed. Does a similar command exist for files, that will create a file and parent directories as needed?
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how to make gnome use my home folder as Desktop folder?

Environment: Debian 7, gnome-shell. I dislike having a Desktop folder and a Home folder. I like all the applications to use my home folder. Specifically I am concerned about nautilus and ...
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Is there a tool that hooks to two directories and synchronizes them as soon as something changes?

I have huge simulation directories on the two machines server and on cluster which I want to keep synchronized. The basic situation is that files rarely change but when a simulation is done many big ...
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Extract single file from tar to other folder

I've searched for multiple forums for this questions and have seen different answers but so far, nothing have worked yet even from the ones I've seen here. I want to extract a single file from a tar ...
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Can a file be edited with the 'write' permission on it but not on its parent directory?

Suppose the owner/user doesn't have the write permission on a directory but he has it on a file under it. Can the file here be edited or not? If yes, is there any situation where the file cannot be ...
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Permissions to change only directory content and not itself

We have a directory and want to protect that from remove and rename, but we need to be able to rename, remove and create contents. What we can do?
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Command for creating a directory and navigating into it directly? [duplicate]

Quite often I need to perform this two commands: mkdir abc cd abc I am curious whether there is a simple command (or an alias that I can create and use) to do it in one go, like user@GROUP:~$ mdcd ...
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How to create a short path?

We have so many useful folders, which are in different path, for our working in Linux. For example : $ cd ~/Documents/Courses/EDX/physics2013/ $ cd ~/Documents/Company/OpenGL/Proj/... $ cd ...
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Find directories that do not contain subdirectories

I'm writing script is ksh. Need to find all directory names directly under the current directory which contain only files, not subdirectories. I know that I could use ls -alR and recursively parse ...
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How does the Linux file structure work?

I see the different folders bin, dev, mnt, proc, srv, sys, etc. What are the properties of all these different folders? What are there purposes? Are there files in some of them that I should not ...
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creating abbreviations for commonly used paths

I am new to linux and was wondering whether it is possible to create abbreviations that can be used in terminal. I know about alias command, but am not sure whether that can be used for what I am ...
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Permissions of webserver's root directory

I've had this issue on several setups, and I'm unsure of how to handle it. At first, all of /var is owned by root:root. Clearly I don't want the web directory to be owned by root, so I do chown ...
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Create and move to a directory in one command - unix [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a one-liner that allows me to create a directory and move into it at the same time? I know this is a very basic question but I can't seem to figure out what to ...
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Finding empty directories recursively

How can I find every empty directory, let's say, on the /home/.../Desktop. Because I am on Solaris, I can't use the find . -empty -type d command. Is there any other way?
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Bulk remove a large directory on a ZFS without traversing it recursively

I want to remove a directory that has large amounts of data on it. This is my backup array, which is a ZFS filesystem, linear span, single pool. The data is in this pool called san, mounted on /san ...
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Refer to an item in `dirs`

I use pushd to work with multiple directories in bash and zsh. I've aliased dirs to dirs -v so that I get an ordered list when I want to see what's on the directory stack: chb$ dirs 0 ...
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Can't rename a directory that I own

I have a directory with a big load of sub directories. I own all of them, and the permissions are all 777. pascal@azazel /box $ ls -al total 147872 drwxr-xr-x 293 root root 12288 aoû 22 19:44 ...
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Get the newest file from directory structure year/month/date/time

I store backups of databases in a directory structure year/month/day/time/backup_name an example would be basics_mini/2012/11/05/012232/RATIONAL.0.db2inst1.NODE0000.20110505004037.001 ...
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Running command on multiple files within multiple directories

I want to run the command python quast.py -o quast contigs.fasta but I want to do this for multiple contigs.fasta files in multiple directories. I'm running OSX.
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number of folders in a directory (recursive)

I would like to find the number of folders (recursive, excluding hidden folders) in a given root directory. What command, or series of commands can I use to ascertain this information?
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How do pwd and . determine the current path differently?

Is it mainly because pwd is not a builtin, while . is builtin to the bash shell? For example, they differ in the following example: /tmp/ttt$ mv ../ttt ../tttt /tmp/ttt$ pwd /tmp/ttt /tmp/ttt$ cd . ...
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How can number of subdirectories and files be determined from ls -ld command? [closed]

How can number of subdirectories and files be determined from the output of using ls -ld command? I realize that this command only lists the directories.
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How to XZ a directory with TAR using maximum compression?

So I need to compress a directory with max compression. How can I do it with xz? I mean I will need tar too because I can't compress a directory with only xz. Is there a oneliner to produce e.g. ...
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How do I get the MD5 sum of a directory's contents as one sum?

The md5sum program does not provide checksums for directories. I want to get a single MD5 checksum for the entire contents of a directory, including files in sub-directories. That is, one combined ...
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How do I loop through only directories in bash?

I have a folder with some directories and some files (some are hidden, beginning with dot). for d in *; do echo $d done will loop through all files, but I want to loop only through directories. ...
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How can I calculate the size of a directory?

How to know the size of a directory? Including subdirectories and files.
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Flattening a nested directory

This is probably very simple, but I can't figure it out. I have a directory structure like this (dir2 is inside dir1): /dir1 /dir2 | --- file1 | --- file2 What is ...
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Merging folders with mv?

If I move a folder with mv called "folder" to a directory that already contains "folder" will they merge or will it be replaced?
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How can I create a /dev/null-like “blackhole” directory?

I would like to create a "/dev/null" directory (or a "blackhole" directory) such that any files written to it are not really written, but just disappear. I have an application that writes out large ...
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Find the total size of certain files within a directory branch

Assume there's an image storage directory, say, ./photos/john_doe, within which there are multiple subdirectories, where many certain files reside (say, *.jpg). How can I calculate a summary size of ...
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rsync compare directories?

Is it possible to compare two directories with rsync and only print the differences? There's a dry-run option, but when I increase verbosity to a certain level, every file compared is shown. ls -alR ...
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Converting relative path to absolute path

Is there a *nix command to get absolute(and canonicalized) path from relative path(with current path) or symbolic link?
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How to delete this undeletable directory?

I untarred a corrupt tar file, and managed to end up with some directory that I can not delete, If I try to delete it, it seems like it can not be found, but ls shows it's present, both with bash and ...
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Is there any way attacker could use mkdir to compromise a system?

I'm setting up a restricted user account for user ricardo, a troublesome user on my system. I want to grant him the right to make directories using sudo, which he sometimes needs to do. I'm ...
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symbolic link to a directory and relative path

I've created symlink with absolute path to the directory (Blink) and have for example following tree: $ ls -l /tmp/A total 0 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 6 Apr 3 12:27 Blink -> /tmp/B -rw-r--r-- 1 root ...
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Creating numerous directories using mkdir

I would like to create many directories using mkdir. Each directory name will consist of a prefix (a string) and an index (an integer). Suppose that I would like the prefix to be "s" and the indices ...
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Why do I have to cd out of a deleted directory?

On my server I have a directory structure looking something like this: /myproject/code I normally have an ssh connection to the server and 'stand' in that directory: root@machine:/myproject/code# ...
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Making a directory protected from 'rm -rf'

I just lost some data in folder A which was inside folder B after doing rm -rf B. Before I could realize what have I done, it was all over. Now a lesson is learnt, I wish to make some of my folder ...
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Best method to collect a random sample from a collection of files

Suppose there is a directory holding 300 data files. I want to randomly select 200 of those files and move them into another directory. Is there a way to do that under Unix/Linux?
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How can I delete all files with a particular extension in a particular folder?

If I set the current/working directory (navigating to it using cd) to some particular directory and then type: rm *.xvg What will this command do? Is it true that the above command will only ...
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pv for directory copy

I need to copy a very large directory (talking in terabytes here) and want to monitor the progress. I found that pv is a nice utility, but how can I use it for copying directories recursively? (pv ...
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How to make tree output only directories?

150 directories I can handle but 900 files is too many for a review. I've no manual entry for tree so maybe I can ask you if you know how to output only directories since files get too detailed? . ...
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Keeping history per working directory (cf. per shell session)

Is there a way to make a modern shell's history feature be scoped to a path? My working contexts are split up as paths on the file system, and the pattern of shell activity, such as repeatedly issued ...
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Expand ~, . and `..`

Since ~, . and .. are special directories, why are they handled differently in the following example? $ echo ~ /home/tim $ echo .. .. $ echo . . ~ is expanded into the dir, but the other two are ...
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“cannot remove 'some_directory': Directory not empty”

I tried to delete some directory, but $ rm DE.aspx_files -r rm: cannot remove `DE.aspx_files': Directory not empty But listing its content returns none $ ls DE.aspx_files $ Added: Actually $ ...
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Shell script printing the most visited directories

Is there a way to write a bash script with the following functionalities? Be launched when I press some key or key combination. (not so important requirement) Identify the 7 most visited directories ...
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How is a directory a “special type of file”?

I am reading this Unix tutorial and came across this quote... We should note here that a directory is merely a special type of file. ...but no explanation or details are provided. How is a ...
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How do you check if a file exists within awk? [-d 'filename'] failing

I'm trying to generate a list of users who have a home directory set which does not exist. It seems I should be able to do this with awk, but something is wrong with my syntax. It keeps telling me ...