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This tutorial will help you get up to speed on the Linux filesystem.

The Linux Filesystem Explained

Back in 1996 I learned how to install software on my spanking new Linux before really understanding the topography of the filesystem. This turned out to be a problem, not so much for programs, because they would just magically work even though I hadn't a clue of where the actual executable files...
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Understanding Linux filesystems: ext4 and Beyond

The majority of modern Linux distributions default to the ext4 filesystem, just as previous Linux distributions defaulted to ext3, ext2, and—if you go back far enough—ext. If you're new to Linux—or to filesystems—you might wonder what ext4 brings to the table that ext3 didn't. You might also wonder...
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We finish up this short series with a look at the amazing simplicity of the locate command in daily use.

Finding Files with mlocate: Part 3

In the previous articles in this short series, we introduced the mlocate (or just locate) command, and then discussed some ways the updatedb tool can be used to help you find that one particular file in a thousand. You are probably also aware of xargs as well as the find command. Our trusty friend...
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Jack Wallen looks at GoboLinux, which takes a whole new approach to the Linux filesystem.

GoboLinux Redefines the Linux Filesystem Hierarchy

One complaint some new users have is that the Linux filesystem hierarchy is confusing. After all, why are program executables stored in /usr/bin and what is home? For those who are accustomed to Linux, this all makes some strange form of sense. However, if you take a moment to step back and really...
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Within Linux, there’s more to links than just creating a shortcut to another location. Jack Wallen has details.

Understanding Linux Links

Linux is, without a doubt, one of the single most flexible operating system platforms on the planet. With the flagship open source ecosystem, there is almost nothing you cannot do. What makes Linux so flexible? The answer to that question will depend on your needs. Suffice it to say, the list of...
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This tutorial shows how to use "parted" to format a USB flash drive. The procedure can be used on any storage device, external or internal.

How to Format Storage Devices in Linux

Managing storage devices -- whether they are internal hard drives, SSDs, PCIe SSDs, or external USB devices -- is always a tricky task. With a tiny mistake, you may lose data or wrongly format your drive in a way that can lead to data corruption. In this article, I will talk about some of the...
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Linus Torvalds Announces Fourth Linux 4.10 Kernel Release Candidate, Get It Now

One more week has passed in our lives, but the development of the Linux kernel never stops, and we're now seeing the release of fourth RC (Release Candidate) build of Linux kernel 4.10, which appears to be fairly normal, yet again, bringing only a collection of assorted bug fixes and improvements...
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Vault gathers the developers and users in file systems and storage community to forge a path to continued innovation and education. Learn More
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The Unix principle of "everything is a file" applies to the Process Table. Learn more in this tutorial.

Make Peace With Your Processes: Part 4

The principle of basing as much as possible on Unix-like systems around files is a well-advised approach. It could be said that this principle also extends to the Process Table, which I have discussed in previous articles in this series. Consider, for example, the treasure trove of gems to be found...
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Linux Storage Filesystem and MM Summit

The Linux Storage, Filesystem & Memory Management Summit gathers the top development, research experts and subsystem maintainers to map out and implement improvements to the Linux filesystem, storage and memory management subsystems.
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