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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

edit To ones who closed: you guys are not right.
This question is related to computer hardware or computer software in general, yes. But those your "enthusiasts" who asks their silly programming-related questions here, do not have this "general software" knowledge.
It's impossible to answer numerous questions like this one without such an article. It is exactly programming related question and nothing else.

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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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