Linux Directories

September 16, 2010

Unlike in Windows and DOS, Linux and UNIX directories are separated by a forward slash instead of a backslash. Almost all directories on the system have a special purpose. Files of certain types go into specific directories again unlike Windows where each installed program creates a single directory for itself somewhere and puts all its files in there.

The root directory “/” is the parent of all other directories. Nothing is above it and everything starts from it. Some of the other directories found in DSLinux for example would include “/bin”, “/etc”, “/dev” which contains executable program files, configuration files and special device files to access hardware devices, respectively.