A file system structure in which to store computer files.

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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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what is directory entry?

I have to use the dirent.h in some of my C projects. According to various different descriptions found online, I have come to a vague idea that directory entry is a data structure, which tells us ...
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When does adding `/` to a directory change its meaning?

When does adding / to a directory change its meaning? E.g. from Linux in a Nutshell: Transfer the entire directory proj to the /planning directory on remote host ourhub: $ rsync -r proj/ ...
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Why can't a group member create a file in a directory with 760 permissions? [duplicate]

I have an account with secondary group membership in a group that owns a directory. The directory is chmod 760, which should allow writing to the directory, but not listing it. However, this is not ...
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No such directory after creating it

I'm taking a basic Unix course and right now we're learning terminal. My directions are create a directory called company and subdirectories called sales, accounting and marketing. So I did that. ...
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Using the test command to create a directory if it doesn't exist

I was just wondering whether or not this script code would properly test for the existence of a dir2, and if it doesn't exist, then to create it. Dir1 already exists. [ ! -d /dir1/dir2 ] && ...
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Is it possible to access any file or dir within a non-accessible directory? [duplicate]

Say I set my home /home/john directory as not readable for any other user. But I've forgotten to do so with some files within that directory, say ./.bashrc or ./Downloads/Presentation.ppt. Now, if ...
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linux (general) file/directory rename/delete operations under os permission scheme

In linux, do file/directory rename/delete operations belong to write permission?
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Check in ksh if a directory is empty

How do I check if a directory is empty or not in ksh on AIX? If files exist I need to remove files only.
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Unable to view or change file permissions [duplicate]

I tried to view file permissions $ ll yaan/ ls: cannot access yaan/.: Permission denied ls: cannot access yaan/Nenje Nenje - TamilTunes.com.mp3: Permission denied ls: cannot access yaan/..: ...
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Make files in a directory not visible to anyone

So I am a newbie in Linux(Ubuntu) and want to make files in a directory invisible to everyone. Through invisible I mean that the file must not show up when I use the find * command. Any Help? My ...
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Triple dot wildcards

I have a very large directory structure of source code that is very difficult to work with. I would like to run a tool to transform it to a Maven like structure that works better for me. When I have ...
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Server Authorization directory incorrect ownership during linux mint installation

When installing linux mint 17.1 from a bootable usb onto a hard drive I get the following message: 'Server Authorization directory (daemon/servAuthDir) is set to /var/lib/mdm but is not owned by ...
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Permissions to see content

If the owner/group of a folder and/or is set to 0 0 (zero zero), can I see its content? I'm trying to access a directory with such permissions.
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Understanding directory symlinks traversals and the parent directory

Let's say you have directories /dir1 and /dir2/linked, where the later is a symlink to the former. When you cd to linked and pwd, you get the output /dir2/linked. If you then cd .., you'll be put on ...
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How to gunzip files present in multiple subdirectories in subdirectories

I am learning Linux and I was trying the gzip command. I tried it on a folder which has a hierarchy like Personal/Folder1/file1.amr Personal/Folder2/file2.amr Personal/Folder3/file3.amr ...
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/mnt directory is removed undesirable!

Accidentaly I have removed my /mnt directory... how can I restore it? with the exact permissions and etc??? This directory was empty.
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How to copy a folder by another, but NOT by merging/adding

I am doing backups of a directory with a simple: cp -R /production/directory /backups/location Sometimes I need to restore a backup, but doing: cp -R /backups/location/* /production/directory or ...
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Why does ls display a non-existing file?

I want to list all the files whose name begins with uppercase: [root@localhost /]# ls /usr/bin/[[:upper:]]* /usr/bin/AtoB /usr/bin/GenIssuerAltNameExt /usr/bin/PKCS12Export ...
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Hide directory listing? chmod 730 /home/share? [duplicate]

So I want to hide the listing of all files to a particular group, yet I want them to be able to create/read files in that same folder. The following permissions on the folder appears to work (write ...
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rsync recursively with a certain depth of subfolders

I want to rsync a folder recursively but want subfolders included only to a certain depth. For example I would want a depth of 1,2,3 or 4 subfolders like this: source/ ├── subfolder 1 │   ├── ...
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How to commit a directory in CVS?

I know CVS is pretty old but have to use it in company. Recently we have upgraded a library to the latest version. Now we want to replace the old library with new library. So basically we want to ...
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How can I set a folder undeletable but have R/W permissions to it's content [duplicate]

I have a directory which I'd like to mark as not deleteable, but have all the usual permissions of read/write/delete on all subdirectories and files. How can I achieve this? I tried setting the ...
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Difference between including / at the end of a directory path and and omitting it [duplicate]

I am just wondering is there a difference in what happens when I leave / at the end of a file path for example: root /var/www/website.com/ And omitting it like: root /var/www/website.com How is ...
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Tiny directory on ext4 file system taking up 2024 blocks? [closed]

I have an ext4 file system on my work computer and I came across a directory that is taking up >1 mb of space. There are 7 entries in the directory. The directory hasn't ever contained more than 20 ...
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Multiple users' access to directory

I'm running Arch Linux. My website's files are in /home/user/www/ directory. Another users also have their website's files in /home/foo/www/ directories. Now if I want to change something on their ...
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Can I copy multiple directories into a single directory with a single command?

I have used photorec to recover data from a HDD and now have many directories /home/ray/recup_dir.1, to /home/ray/recup-dir.598 taking up valuable space in my Home directory. I want to copy them ...
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How can I determine if an NFS remote is exporting a directory?

In my script, I have several layers of statusing: remote is available (ping) remote NFS service is active remote NFS is exporting a certain directory remote NFS is mounted (mount) For (2) and (3), ...
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Symlink aliasing files in subdirectories without changing current directory

It seems like it should be simple to symlink one file to a new file in a subdirectory.... ....without moving subdirectories. But something about the syntax is perplexing and counter to what I would ...
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Is it a bad habit to move things to tmp?

Im not sure what type of issues this could cause (might be none, of course). But when I had a folder a few days ago that could not be deleted even after running: chflags nouchg -R and then sudo rm ...
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ls -lh vs du -sh * for file sizes within a directory

This might be a simple question to ask but I guess I am little confused in terms of 2 commands so I need help In a particular directory I have some files. If I want to check the size of the files, I ...
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How to change dir to the last directory?

I have very long directories list, like /dir/dir/dir/../../../../../../../../../.. ../../ ../../last dir Is it possible to change to the last dir immediately?
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Finding the correct tmp dir on multiple platforms

I have a script that needs to create temporary files for its work, and clean up after itself. My question is about finding the right base directory for the temporary files. The script needs to work ...
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Cannot access a directory with permissions drw-rw-r— [duplicate]

I am having a very strange permission issue when trying to access any of the files in a certain directory as a specific user (adventho). This has been working fine for several months and I just ...
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May cp override subdirectories with the same name?

I downloaded an Adobe flash plugin, It includes a .so file and a directory called usr. In this folder, it has sub-folders like bin, lib, lib64, share. In the readme file, it says I need to do the ...
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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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I accidentally moved a directory to '..'. Where did it go?

I accidently left a trailing slash on my directory name when renaming a folder in Linux, mv /images/images/ .. Now the folder has vanished, But I know it's still there due to the space it's using, ...
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How to create an alias to the directories and copy one file to another?

I want to copy a file from /home/e_empid/file1 to /home/e_empid /dir1/dir2/dir3/Backupfile1. User does not want to write a long command each time. Write a command to set an alias for above action? I ...
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find command sometimes results in non-matching files being zipped

I'm trying to make a zip file of all the files in a specific directory which were modified in the last x minutes. Here's my command: find "/path/to/dir" -mmin -30 -not -name ".*" -exec zip -r ...
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Copy directory with SCP

I'm trying to copy directory from local drive to remote server with -r parameter, however I'm getting: scp: System error: 1633648 (Failed to retrieve error string (err:317)) This is the syntax I ...
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Cache directory and file list to prevent hard drive access when browsing contents

I have 7 hard drives that are in a virtual pool (mhddfs) so they appear as one directory. I put them to sleep after 5 minutes of inactivity to save a significant chunk of power. The problem with this ...
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xdg user dirs: not relocating although set?

I relocated my home directories using XDG user dirs as mentioned here: how to make gnome use my home folder as Desktop folder? However, this does not work for me so far. I have set the Downloads ...
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How to find number of Subdirectories under a given directory

In windows you get a count of the number of subdirectories within a directory.Is there any equivalent on Linux ? I'd like it to count recursively & Not stop at a single level.
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The history of ../ [duplicate]

I was wondering if there's a known reason behind the use of .. to represent the parent of the current directory in most operating systems. The reason I ask this question is because I think that the ...
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inotifywait to monitor shared directory on laravel homestead

I need to watch a directory that is shared on a network for new files. I used inotifywait from inotify-tools and it is great except when the file is added from the other place. For example: I am ...
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Is there an easy way to change directories from within one duplicate folder structure to another?

On our server, we have several duplicate-ish folder structures for testing, staging, and production. Other than minor changes, the folder structure between all three are generally the same. When I'm ...
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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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Failed to list directory contents: process waits infinitely

I use Linux Mint 13, and sometimes (rarely) I find myself not being able to list my home directory contents. When I try to do so: $ cd $ ls then, ls just waits indefinitely. The same with any other ...
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Tool for visual directory comparison

This question is not about visual diff -- i.e. file comparison. Is there a tool which let me compare directory A and B (recursively), and as the output I would get two panes, with lists -- files in A ...
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ls doesn't give me the same as cd + ls to the same folder

$> ls ../../../../.. Doesn't give me the same result as $> cd ../../../../.. $> ls Why? Something with links? What's going on? [ johanrj@jamin ] ...