Files in the Unix System

  • Peter P. Silvester
Part of the Springer Books on Professional Computing book series (SB COMPUTING)


An important function of any operating system is to house, safeguard, and manage various files. To be useful, files must be easy to store and easy to find again. To be practical, files must fit conveniently onto the available physical media. These requirements imply that the file system must have a logical structure that makes sense to users in terms of their needs and a physical structure chosen to suit the devices used for file storage.


Physical Device File Structure Language Source Directory Structure Floppy Disk 


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© 1984 by Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter P. Silvester
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  1. 1.Department of Electrical EngineeringMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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