A file system structure in which to store computer files.

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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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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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File systems vs partitions vs directories

I am new to Linux so pardon me for the possible confusion you may encounter in this question. From what I understand, filesystem specifies how a partition stores/manages file, with standards such as ...
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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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Find all folders in a directory with the same content

In Ubuntu, is there any to find duplicate folders in a directory (i. e., folders with the same content)? I think there are already some command-line tools available for finding duplicate files (such ...
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Why can't list file/directory relative to .. from a symbolic link directory (No such file or directory)?

I have a /usr/tomcat6/logs directory linked to /var/log/tomcat6. When I changed directory to /usr/tomcat6/logs and try to ls files using a relative pathname ../conf/Catalina/localhost, a No such file ...
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Flattening complex folder structures with duplicate file names

I have a folder with a complicated folder structure: ├── folder1 │ ├── 0001.jpg │ └── 0002.jpg ├── folder2 │ ├── 0001.jpg │ └── 0002.jpg ├── folder3 │ └── folder4 │ ├── 0001.jpg │ ...
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set read and write permissions to folder and all its parent directories

I need to set read and write permissions for root user to directory subfolderN and all its parent folders till root. I can do it by hands: $ sudo chmod +rx /root/subfolder1/subfolder2/subfolderN $ ...
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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 "...
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Why could the size of the “dot” file “.” exceed 4096?

Today I found an "empty" directory with a size of 4MB. It had no visible contents, so I tried ls -lah. This showed me some hidden files (not very large). Searching for the reason why the directory ...
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the slash (/) after a directory name on shell commands

I have a little question here. If I have two files, say filea and fileb, mv filea fileb would delete fileb rename filea to fileb Then if I have two directories, say dira and dirb, mv dira dirb ...
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Why are rmdir and unlink two separate system calls?

Here's something that kept me wondering for a while: [15:40:50][/tmp]$ mkdir a [15:40:52][/tmp]$ strace rmdir a execve("/usr/bin/rmdir", ["rmdir", "a"], [/* 78 vars */]) = 0 brk(0) ...
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Trailing slashes on symbolic links to directories

I'm trying to emulate the process of path resolution (see man page path_resolution) in unix-like systems. My OS is Linux with GNU coreutils 8.7. In order to clarify the meaning of extra trailing '/' ...
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Read a directory to see the file to inode mapping

I'm just learning about filesystems and it is said that a directory is just an ordinary file which keeps a list of file-inode pairs. If I try to open the directory Downloads with any of the following ...
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On deep-created directories

In Windows, there is a certain limit on the number of characters in a path, which restricts how deep a directory can be created. I was wondering what the case is like in Linux? Do you have some ...
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Path syntax rules

I'm writing a library for manipulation Unix path strings. That being the case, I need to understand a few obscure corners of the syntax that most people wouldn't worry about. For example, as best as ...
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Infinitely Nested Directories

Let me start off by saying this is a Mac Terminal I'm using. Not Linux, but I assumed I would get the best answers here as it has to do with Unix and the command line not really anything about Mac ...
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Find and copy directories containing file type

I have a directory "Movies" containing subdirectories "Movie Name". Each subdirectory "Movie Name" contains a movie file and related image/nfo files etc. I'm trying to copy all directories containing ...
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Make directory copies using find

I have a directory with a bunch of subdirectories in it. Thus /usr/local/src/ccl/ccl-1.8/x86-headers$ ls elf gl gmp gnome2 gtk2 jni libc Each of these directories has a further subdirectory C ...
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Permissions for a submission script

I'm a TA for an introductory Python programming class (all work is done from the terminal), and I'm writing a project submission script. Ideally I want a directory setup like this: submissions/ ...
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Link value is 2 by default for folders

Can anyone help me to understand the logic behind the link value being "2" for the first time when we create any folders/ directory in linux. I searched a lot , but couldn't get satisfactory logic
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Can one copy a relpath in one command?

I find myself doing this often enough that I wonder if there's a standard Unix way to do it: % mkdir -p /TARGETDIR/relative/path/to % cp ./relative/path/to/somefile /TARGETDIR/relative/path/to In ...
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Recursively compare directory contents by name, ignoring file extensions

I have a directory containing about 7,000 music files. I used lame to recursively re-encode all files in it to a separate directory, outputting all files with the same relative path and file name. ...
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Filtering redundant paths from a list of paths

I have a list of relative paths such as this: dir1 dir2 dir2/dir3 dir2/file1 dir3/file2 dir3/dir4 dir3/dir4/file3 In the example above, the specifier dir2/file1 (for example) is redundant, because ...
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mv file without write permission to the source file

I just realised that I can move a file that I do not own and don't have write permissions on. I have write permissions to the directory, so I am guessing that is why I could move it, but in this ...
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Dots in path name

I am receiving an error from an application I am running. The error looks like this: john@john-replacement:~/Desktop/yarbu-1.4.8/bin$ sudo yarbu-engine --VERBOSE /usr/local/bin/yarbu-engine: line ...
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Can I store and work with a directory in compressed form?

I have to work with many large sized directories which are shipped around in the form of tarballs. However, in order to really do any operations these tarballs have to be untarred into directories and ...
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Why are execute permissions required to rename files in a directory?

Say I'm the owner of a directory and I have read and write permissions, but not execute permissions, where the directory structure is like this: x/ (drw-r--r--) y (-rw-r--r--) ...
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Find files in directory with paired names

I'm running tests of a variable-size-and-contents test set. Data files are added and removed frequently. I'm looking for an automated way of gathering a file list. All files are in subdirectories of ...
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What is the tool that allows me to specify arbitrary directories using **

I once saw a colleague uses a tool which allows to use ** to represent any directories. For example: if a file called myfile.java sits deep inside: src/main/com/mycompany/product/store/myfile.java ...
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How to count occurrences of all the words in all the files of a directory using grep? But with count incremented only once per word per file

I have already asked a similar question but people misunderstood what i was asking. I was asking how to generate a list of every word with a word count incremented only once per word per file. For ...
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A question about permissions of hierarchical directories

I have some directories, with following permissions: drwxr-xr-x 18 user1 root 4096 Oct 27 11:25 /home/test1/test2 drwxr-xr-x 24 user1 root 4096 Oct 21 08:38 /home/test1 drwxr-xr-x 492 root root 12288 ...
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What is the effect of “chattr +a” on a directory

The a Linux file attribute is often documented as applicable to files. chattr(1) manpage: A file with the 'a' attribute set can only be open in append mode for writing. ext4 wiki: 0x20 ...
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Login via ssh to last used folder

I have simple question. Is there any chance to configure ssh in that way, when I login to my server via ssh I want be in last used directory?
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Test for link with trailing slash?

I created in /tmp/test/ mkdir somedir ln -s somedir/ somelink I want to loop through only directories: for file in */ ; do if [[ -d "$file" && ! -L "$file" ]]; then echo "$file is a ...
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How to download all html files from a URL's directory with wget?

I'd like to use wget to download a tutorial in a website, but this tutorial is in a specific directory. Suppose the URL is the tutorial main page http://www.abc.com/aaa/bbb/ccc/index.html. But the ...
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Why can I only run a .sh file from the parent directory, not the child directory

I am a Linux noob. I noticed that this does not work: /tomcatDirectory/bin $ startup.sh //command not found but this does work /tomcatDirectory $ bin/startup.sh I am used to Windows. It seems ...
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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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move a directory with a single character (back quote) as its name [duplicate]

How can I move a directory whose name is just a space? ls -lah drwx------ 4 user1 user1 8.0K Mar 13 14:16 . drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 60 Mar 13 13:48 .. drwx------ 18 user1 user1 4.0K Mar 13 11:18 ...
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cp --no-target-directory explained

Question: I need a simple example of how to use cp --no-target-directory. I do experience some difficulties in understanding cp --no-target-directory. I do understand the explanation for mv --no-...
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cp /etc/DIR_COLORS ~/.dir_colors not responding

I'm using CentOS 6.5 and Putty. My problem is that directory file names are shown in dark blue color which is hard to read. I google searched and found this link; basically it's copying the DIR_COLORS ...
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Find and move directories based on file type and date

I have a directory "New Movies" containing 200+ subdirectories "Movie Name (year)". The subdirectories "Movie Name (year)" contains a single video file (avi/mkv) and several related jpg/xml files. I ...
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Cheapest way to find the oldest file (recursively) from a directory under heavy load

What is the least expensive way to find the oldest file in a directory, including all directories underneath. Assume directory is backed by SAN and under heavy load. There is concern that "ls" could ...
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How can an I/O stream in a particular Linux directory or file be monitored for bytes read/written?

I have a problem with the monitoring of an I/O stream in a particular directory: the amount of read and written bytes during a specified period. I have been trying to use iostat, inotifywait and ...
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Group+rx permission only in directories using ACL?

I need to install acl in order to set up a very specific permission structure. Group members should be able to see the files in a directory and change into the subdirectories. However, they should not ...
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Does change of a file in a directory not change the time of the directory?

I want to find a file which I created recently, but I don't remember anything and can only guess it is under a directory indirectly with any possible depth. I inspected the times of all the ...
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Opening current directory from a terminal onto a file browser?

My current directory is buried deep in multiple subfolder layers from my home directory. If I want to open this directory in a gui-based file browser, I have to double click folder after folder to ...
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New files in a mounted directory are being created with a different user and removing write permission for other users

I am running a python script that outputs files into a mounted directory on a different computer. The script can be run multiple times in a way that overwrites the contents of created files. However, ...
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How to merge one directory into other?

May somebody tell me if there is there some way to "merge" one dir into another? I.e. let I have /some/directories/structure with subdirs/files. And now I want to "implantate" it into /etc for ...
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Is this good in order to have an empty directory?

I would like to have a directory mydir with empty content, but I don't know in advance if it already exists, or when it does, if it is empty. So my way is mkdir -p mydir ...