A file system structure in which to store computer files.

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What is the significance of the dot in bash commands and how is it different from an asterisk?

I'm trying to understand the significance of the dot in bash and how it differs from an asterisk. Can someone please elaborate? For example, what's the difference between cp -ar /foo/. /foo2/ and cp ...
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File- and directory-based workflow

I work at a company where third party contributors transfer files, typically by FTP, to our site. Depending on which account the file is uploaded to, some scripts are triggered and the file is ...
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Why was '.' chosen to represent the current directory and '..' for parent directory?

After reading this question Design question: Why was '~' chosen to represent the home directory?, next obvious question on my mind was why '.' and '..' was used to represent current directory ...
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How do I create a directory in all subdirectories?

Suppose I have a directory structure like this: $ [~/practice] ls a/ b/ c/ d/ Now I want to create a directory tmp1 in all sub directories of practice and I do this: $ [~/practice] mkdir */tmp1 ...
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What is the “~/” directory?

I'm trying to locate where some files are stored and I can easily browse to them via ssh by going to "cd ~/foldername", however, I have no idea what directory "~/" actually is. When I browse around ...
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What are the advantages of the Unix file system structure

If I install an application in Linux for example Debian/Gnu Linux, the files of the applications are copied to many different directories in the file system. Some scripts goes into /usr/share .. ...
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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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rm -fr not working

I have a directory that was generated by mistake by an application and this directory has a structure that involves more than 2000 directories, one inside a another, something like: Directory aaaa ...
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Knowing if a directory is modified

I have a server online and I am wondering if there's a way to know if some file on the server is modified or a new file is added to certain directories. For example, I have this ...
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How can I set a directory maximum size?

Is there an easy way to cap the size of a directory? I don't think there is but just wanted to make sure. I would like to set max directory sizes for some user home dirs as well as some other dirs, ...
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what is wild card to select all directories in a directory

i want to set sticky bit for all directories in a directory excluding files. is there any wild card to do this? #sudo chmod g+s /var/www/<WILD_CARD_FOR_ALL_DIRECTORIES>
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Help renaming folder according to date

I have the folder "Backup yzT Jan-01-2013". I've made also a script for do a backup everyday. The problem I'm facing is how to rename the folder day by day according to date? Get the new name is ...
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Reorder folders on FAT32 drive

My car can read MP3 files from a FAT32 flash drive. I have a folder for each artist on the drive, then MP3 files in those folders. However the car does not read the folders alphabetically, but by the ...
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Delete all folders containing files which match pattern

I'm trying to delete all subdirectories of my current working directory which contain a rar file. My first attempt: find -name *.rar -exec rm -r {}/.. ';' failed because that is not a valid ...
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Wallpapers' s folder in XFCE4

I've just installed XFCE4 on Arch Linux, now I'd like to add an image in the wallpaper folder, someone know the full path. I'm searching, but I haven't found yet.
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Can we use symbolic link and hard link for directories?

I know we can do that for files. What about directories? It seems that cpanel uses that a lot.
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How do I point certain directory to /dev/null?

I am running CentOS with cPanel, which creates a custom log directory and writes the logs there. The result is that the IO for the hard disk goes sky high. If I do lsof I got: hostsite.com httpd ...
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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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What's the best way to list size of / in Terminal?

I want to see how much total space / is taking, but I don't know how to do that. I can use ls -hal and add up the subtotals, or I can use fdisk to tell me the size of that partition, but is there a ...
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How to lock a directory?

I want to block any kind of access to a certain directory unless a password is provided. It could be my root or account password. The directory is residing on an NTFS partition, and this method needs ...
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Dir diff and removal

Is there a simple way to (recursively) remove all files from a directory A that are identical (same name and same hash) to files in directory B while preserving the structure? e.g. A/file1 gets ...
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Create a File with Touch on a specific Directory

I want a create a file with a specific extension(.done). I am using the command touch. Something Like: touch `basename $UNZIPFILE`".done" It's creating the file but in current directory. I want to ...
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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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/: is a directory issue in bash

I'm quite new to bash scripting and have been going reasonably well but have run into an issue. I am trying to create a script that uses a forward slash (/), however, I keep getting the error message ...
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enable apache mod rewrites to load clean-urls

In CentOS, a2enmod rewrite results in “command not found” but httpd -M lists rewrite module as listed and shared. I'm trying to enable it so can then have these rewrite rule apply so I can switch back ...
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How to unzip a directory inside a zip file

I want to unzip a certail directory inside a zip file using the following command: unzip -oq vqmodmanager.zip upload -d temp/ But the system gives the following error: caution: filename not ...
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How to change the current directory graphically using the keyboard only?

There was a program named NCD (Norton Change Directory) a few years ago that did a good job at helping me change directory back in the DOS days. This programs displayed a tree, and you could navigate ...
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I can not remove folder from server

Accidentall I created the folder on remotely server (Server OS is Linux) using php: mkdir("folder_name",0); Now I can not delete this folder from server. I think this is from permission, because 0 is ...
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How to visualize directory tree structures?

I know I can use tree to show the nested content of a directory. Alas, its output is hardly beautiful as I want to include it in a documentation. So eye-candy is a requirement. So I was wondering if ...
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Change/Create permissions for a folder

How can I create (if the folder is new) or change (if the folder was already existent) permissions for a folder? In particular, I want to create a subdirectory in /etc/bind/ where I can put the ...
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Does tar -x Extract to Current Directory or Does it Extract to the Source of the Archive?

Does tar -x by default just extract to the current directory or does it try to reproduce the original directory structure including overwriting the original source? I know I can specify a folder to ...
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pwd resolving symbolic links [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: pwd without symlinks Imagine I have a directory /home/me/dir and a symbolic link to it called /home/me/dirlink now if I enter dirlink and use pwd, it of course ...
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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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Home directory vs Working directory

In unix like systems what is the difference between a home directory and working directory ?
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I want to run commands like make, make install, python setup install without changing directories

I have written a script which will download software from the internet to the current user's home directory and then untar it. And then I have to make and make install it and in some software I have ...
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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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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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What does - mean with association to Linux files and directories [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does “--” (double-dash) mean? What does '--' (two dashes) mean with association to Linux files and directories. I've found something else but not too sure if it is ...
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Very basic question, ls a different directory and save file

I seriously can't understand where I'm going wrong with his question. The first part is. List all the file and directory names in /etc which have 1 or more numbers in their name. Remember to use ...
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Ghost directory in home directory

I am using following command to check the disk usage in my home direcory. du -sk * | sort -n I am getting the following output 273240 AQP 707720 oradiag 3176872 J2EEServer 23628720 var ...
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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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Hide parent directory but allow to view dir

I would like the following result on my UNIX system: ls -l /users/test -> permission denied, or any other way so I can't see the content of it. ls -l /users/test/testdir/ -> shows all files in the ...
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Rename directory based on date of file in directory

I am looking for a smart way to bulk rename directories in my photo library based on the date the pictures were taken. My specific use case: Export the image library from iPhoto or Aperture on OS X ...
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cannot 'ls' /mnt directory

I have a CentOS-6 machine that I'm working on that is running a live database. It's having a problem with the /mnt directory. I cannot ls the directory for some reason. stat is working and shows ...
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Why is bash giving me (apparently) conflicting information about a file?

Background I am working on a RHEL 5 cluster. I want my Fortran program to read the file /home/bob/inputs/input_1 I asked Bob to give me permission to read all contents of inputs: [bob@server]$ ...
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How to set an alias on a per-directory basis?

Suppose you have an alias go, but want it to do different things in different directories? In one directory it should run cmd1, but in another directory it should run cmd2 By the way, I have an ...
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Get directory that script was called from

I have a script doSmth in /usr/bin. Is it possible to print the directory the script was called from is printed out by the script? So If I call doSmth from /home/me the output will be /home/me.
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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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Using wildcards to match a directory in bash

Lets say the folder structure is like so: /home/ --user1/asdf --user2/asdf1234 --user3/asdf325234 --cool/asdf How could I change to asdf1234 without specifying the user? For example: cd ...
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vim: How to switch to the directory listing from file view?

I have opened a dir vim some/dir. I can navigate within the tree, yet once I opened a file I wonder, how do I close the file view in order to go back to the directory listing to navigate to another ...