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..or talented enough to write in place?
Something like a chapter from "Computers for beginners".

What is a directory, a file, what is .., ., /, \ and so on
What is absolute, relative paths and what is working directory.
What is the difference between HTTP resource and a file and where do they meet. What is a root and what is the difference between filesystem root and a web-server root.

We desperately need such a link for every filesystem-related question.
Especially because most of ones who try to answer, do not understand it either.

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This is a user (not programmer) question, isn't it. –  ChrisW Sep 3 '10 at 7:55
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"We desperately need such a link for every filesystem-related question" - You could work on the relevent Wikipedia articles: it has entries for "file system", "current directory", etc. –  ChrisW Sep 3 '10 at 7:56
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@Chris good point, but it's separated pieces of knowledge, while a beginner needs a system, a whole picture. –  Col. Shrapnel Sep 3 '10 at 8:02
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Voting to reopen: This is meant to be a basic reference for users who do not understand the difference e.g. between including a file through a file system path, and a URL. –  Pekka 웃 Sep 3 '10 at 9:26
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@Pekka Sure, but for a reference, as many people as possible should be able to contribute to it. Making it CW invites a lot more cooperation IMHO. Also, amen to the expletives thing. I know that's just how the Colonel works, but he should behave for once if he's trying to gather contributors. ;) –  deceze Sep 3 '10 at 9:43

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There are lots of pages, but if you need a basic one, here is Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_system

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