I am using a cloud linux desktop and when I typed in df -h I get a list of filesystems as so:

Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/xvda1            9.8G  4.5G  5.3G  47% /
tmpfs                  61G     0   61G   0% /dev/shm
/dev/xvdb             296G   27G  254G  10% /local

I want to go to /dev/xvdb since it has the largest diskspace. I tried to cd into it but that did not work. How do I get cd into it when I do not know where it is?

I tried to cd /dev/xvdb and this was the result:

cd /dev/xvdb
cd: not a directory: /dev/xvdb

Following the answer below this is what I have

(20-10-12 18:23:27) <0> [/local]  
dev-dsk % cd /dev/xvdb
cd: not a directory: /dev/xvdb
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    The Mounted on column tells you where it is: /local. So cd /local – steeldriver Oct 12 '20 at 17:54
  • How didn't it work? – Arkadiusz Drabczyk Oct 12 '20 at 18:02
  • @steeldriver I noticed that it could be in local but its a bit hard to find. Any idea on how to find the path? – Wolfy Oct 12 '20 at 18:03
  • @ArkadiuszDrabczyk When I try to cd into that filesystem it states that it does not exist. – Wolfy Oct 12 '20 at 18:05
  • Did you do cd /dev/xvdb? Post the entire command you used and output you got. – Arkadiusz Drabczyk Oct 12 '20 at 18:05

Your command is incorrect - /dev/xvdb is not a directory on the filesystem of the device, it's the device itself whose filesystem is Mounted on /local directory as shown in output of df -h. In other words, /local is a mountpoint for /dev/xvdb device. To navigate to the filesystem stored on /dev/xvdb you need to go to its mountpoint:

cd /local
  • I made a comment following your answer. Still getting the same error. – Wolfy Oct 12 '20 at 18:24
  • As I said - cd /dev/xvdb is wrong, you have to do cd /local as explained. – Arkadiusz Drabczyk Oct 12 '20 at 18:26
  • I see, so I just need to cd into local? – Wolfy Oct 12 '20 at 18:33
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    Yes - you really need to do cd /local – Arkadiusz Drabczyk Oct 12 '20 at 18:33

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