A file system is the specification of how files in a computer should be stored, named and organized. This tag should be used for generic file system questions. For specific file system questions (FAT, NTFS, ext4, ...) use the appropriate tag instead.

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If I install a Linux VM, will I be able to work with ext filesystems from my Mac?

I'm working from a Mac and need to edit a few lines on a Linux partition. (I need to enable SSH on Raspbian for a Raspberry Pi, but I need to do so effectively headless – I don't have any peripherals ...
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Copy files with extension - search subfolders

Copying ttf files from one folder to another using wildcard "**/*ttf", however this is not searching the files in sub-folders as well. How can I copy all the files (present in sub-folders as well) ...
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Delete files with too long paths [on hold]

I'm looking for a quick, easy and hopefully automated way to delete files and folders with too long paths / filenames. There are a lot of duplicate answers here on SU, for example: How to delete a ...
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Remove GPT filesystem on USB

I have an old 8GB USB stick with a GPT filesystem hanging around. I'd like to move it to a more familiar fs, as NTFS or FAT32, but the usual mkfs doesn't seem to work since there is no /dev/sdb1 (as ...
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mounted filesystem without journal. Opts: (null) while mounting ext4 fs

I am using Beaglebone black with NFS, I have formatted internal eMMC with ext4 filesystem, when i mount the file system using following command message popups telling filesystem is mounted without ...
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How optimize copy and paste process for windows?

When user ot program copy a large file on the same physical disk windows do the following algorith: 1. Read a piece of data from disk. 2. Write a piece of data to disk. 3. Do points 1. and 2. until ...
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Can a file system's logical structure (including symlink targets) be represented in a single lightweight file (non-binary)?

After playing with multiple SQL and NoSQL databases over the years I feel the best way for me to ensure portability in my personal apps that are data-centric is to avoid all bonafide databases ...
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In Vim, netrw mistakenly thinks file.py is a directory

Using netrw in Vim, I navigate to a Python script I want to edit (file.py), but most of the time it is listed as "file.py/" with a slash, indicating it is a directory. This is impossible to open. If I ...
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Filesize difference - CMD & Explorer

When I'm doing a dir of a folder (in CMD) and I look at the filesize, it difference from the filesize that Windows Explorer is giving me (in the detailed view). Is this normal behaviour? Thank you.
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Windows Explorer or filesystem not accessible by apps after some uptime

I am running Windows 7 and after an unknown amount of uptime Firefox, Google Chrome and other apps are not able to access the filesystem anymore until I restart the apps. Whats happening is the ...
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Make a program see the file-system differently on Windows

I'm using Winamp since god knows when. I have all my songs in the media library with all my mp3 files with all kind of cool statistics like how many times I've listened to each song, ratings etc. The ...
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Giant Swap File fills hard drive to capacity

Today I had a most odd experience on our student computing server. Suddenly, you could not save a file and you got a "file system full" message. So I did a du -sh on all user directories to see what ...
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BTRFS & F2FS userspace utilites cross compilation

Is there any weblink/document which describes the steps to cross-compile btrfs & F2fs user space utilities ? Any steps ? special tuning suggestion for arm based board.(AM335x) ?
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Why can't I turn a folder into a file in Windows?

Every time I need to create a text file in Windows I usually right-click inside a folder and select for any option from shortcut to a zip file and rename it's extension to ".txt" (I know that some of ...
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Mysterious folders and files with symbol names on Windows 7

I opened a thumbnail drive last evening and noticed that there were several files and folders with symbolic names (not alpha-numeric) added to it. The Date modified was also a curiosity. I have run ...
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linux: rm of file as root fails with EPERM (Operation not permitted)

I am logged in as root # whoami root I have a file # ls -l /usr/share/applications/google-chrome.desktop -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 8424 Dec 3 10:29 /usr/share/applications/google-chrome.desktop It ...
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Access windows directories from Ubuntu 12.04 that runs on VMware. without file sharing

I'm was wondering if its possible for me to reach my local file system (windows) from inside my VMware which runs Ubuntu 12.04. As mentioned in the title I would like to achieve this without sharing ...
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Video files show incorrect video

I had a drive fail a while back. While it was failing, I made a back up to another drive. Now when I try to access those files (they are video files), the video played is a segment from another video ...
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Creation date of zip file

Is there any way how can I get creation date of zip file which is stored on server? Or even better when the file was uploaded on server? I do not have access to the server disk, I can only download ...
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Can I use something like Mac 'alias' inside Dropbox, so that I only need one copy of each file?

I have a large image collection, and sometimes an image fits into multiple categories: location, picture of my sister, etc. So, I have the SAME image in multiple folders based on these categories. ...
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How to touch a file if another file changes

I'm looking for something like an event listener on the file system. I want to touch a file (restart.txt to signal Phsuion Passenger to restart) everytime I save another file. Does anyone know how to ...
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Media file won't play from the flash drive, playing from HD

I have a number of media files (avi, mp4) which are working properly and can be played on my PC. (Windows 8) However when I copy the files to a flash drive (exFAT, fresh formatted) just a few can be ...
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moving files from one location to another while they are being used

Today I tried to move my Microsoft Word document file from one place to another when it was open in Microsoft Word. But then it said it is unable to move since it is open in Microsoft Word. Similarly ...
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NAS and Linux filing system

I'm thinking about making a NAS for my home network and hosting it on a Linux machine, but I was thinking: Since Linux has different file naming limitations than Windows, what will happen when I host ...
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find command + remove older directories according to directory time stamp

I want to delete directories that older than 180 days for example directories that older than 180 days: drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Oct 1 2009 nis drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 Nov 4 2012 pkgs ...
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In Windows, why does pressing F5 twice give hugely different results?

Say you have a running process writing to a file, over an amount of time. In the explorer process, highlighting that file will show the "current size". Subsequent F5 keypresses will update the current ...
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/usr/local and /usr/share detailed explanation

I am afraid this is another of FHS questions but I was not able to find more detailed explanation which I feel I need. Yeah, I know about Uni FHS and etc, but what still feels like lacking ...
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How do I use chunkfs?

I have the same question basically as ( Mountable filesystem that automatically splits files ) and one of the answers(http://superuser.com/a/735013/390402) suggests using ChunkFS but for the life of ...
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USB flash drive keeps activating 'write protection' by itself. Disarms after unsafe removal

Drive history My 16gb Kingston USB flash drive has been consistently giving problems. Under Windows XP it kept saying 'This storage media is write protected' after copying over approximately ...
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Writing data to a NTFS partition while Windows 7 is hibernating

According to this MountingWindowsPartitions if you write from linux to a NTFS partition while Windows 7 is hibernating, when Windows 7 awakes all changes are lost. The justification is: when ...
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Is XFS a distributed file system or a journaling file system?

Is XFS a distributed file system or a journaling file system? In Wikipedia it says that XFS is a journaling file system.But in the Berkeley website they mentioned that it is a serverless file ...
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Mounting /dev/sda on / and /dev/sdc on /usr

I want to know why you can do that kind of things? Why can you mount /dev/sda on / and /dev/sdc on /usr? Why don’t directory contents collide between /usr of /dev/sda and /usr of /dev/sdc? It ...
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What could cause the files to be replaced with null bytes, size and timestamp not modified?

Something has malformed a bunch of files on my hard drive. The malformed files: have theirs content replaced with NULL bytes, are exactly the same size as before the malform happen, modification ...
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Any limitation for having many files in a directory in Mac OS X?

I have 100,000+ files in a directory in my MacOS X and looks it is slow for my script to read a file in them. Is there any limitation or recommendation to have that many files? Should I split them ...
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Why can't copying files regardless of file size have a complexity of 1? [closed]

If the file system of a computer always seems to represent a tree I assumed it it had to be made with some sort of tree data structure. So if it is a tree data structure why can't it be as simple of ...
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How to set up mass executable file permission to all my scripts?

PROBLEM I have new servers and copied lot of files with these conditions: lot of files different suffix lost permissions among them there are other files now I need to set up all and only ...
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How to count the number of times a file/directory has been opened?

I'm trying to find the number of times a file has been opened (since the OS inception). I'm thinking of doing this via stat, but most flags only return the difference between the LAST time it was ...
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Unable to launch an instance: Can't find ext4 filesystem openstack?

I have followed installation guide from this link http://docs.openstack.org/icehouse/install-guide/install/apt/content/nova-compute.html I have successfully configured 3 nodes controller, compute and ...
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How to move files on a filesystem remotely without downloading and then uploading the content on the client?

I have a home server box set up running Windows 7 that is usually managed remotely (either from the local network or an external network) and there are often times that there is a requirement to be ...
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Convention / File Hierarchy for Compiling Source

Background: I have been compiling a lot of source code lately and I am hoping to learn of a convention to organize source code / compiled output. As an example, I have been statically compiling ...
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sdcard performance bottleneck

I have loaded my 4 GB FAT32 sdcard almost entirely with mp3 files. Now, I cannot remove none of them because "discovering items" never ends. Even command line tools last forever, including format e:. ...
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How to make Folder Properties show modified and accessed dates?

On Windows XP NTFS, when I right click a file → "Properties", I can see the created, last modified, and last accessed date: However for folders, the last modified and last accessed dates ...
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What is the correct method to locate and throw away unnecessary files when your disk is full on Mac OS X? [duplicate]

Looking the size of each file in your system manually in order to find the bottlenecks is, obviously, too inefficient. What is the correct way to have a good overview of which files are consuming most ...
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Files Larger Than 4GB Are Not Transferring To Hard Drive?

Moving things from my laptop to a 1TB hard drive. Stops at any file larger than 4GB saying that that there isn't enough space on the hard drive. I checked the formatting on my hard drive and it is ...
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How to make a symlinked folder appear as a normal folder

I have two Dart applications I need to dockerize. These two apps use a shared source directory. Because Docker prevents adding files from folders outside the context directory (project/app1) I can't ...
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How to solve fsck.ext3: No Such file or directory on redhat 2.6.9-55

I have main two problems here: Error on boot. It said error file system. Forgot root password. How to solve them? This is error occurred when boot, how to solve it while i forgot my root ...
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google-drive-ocamlfuse does not upload encfs directory content

I am trying to setup automatic upload of an encrypted directory structure to google drive. To do that I use google-drive-ocamlfuse (grive keeps crashing and is never done), and encfs. First I create ...
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Is there any way to mount a .qcow raw image file in Windows?

Is this possible? A Google search turns up only Linux options, which are of no help to me. The qcow files are generated by a 32-bit Vmware android emulator.
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Do threads/processes that create/delete files/directories under a shared parent dir interfere?

I was wondering: If I have a directory /a/b/c/ and under c X threads create subdirectories and files and delete them (they are temporary directories and files as intermediate steps of processing) do ...
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Extract Contents of .img with unknown filesystem

I have an image file: kali-linux-1.0.9a-armhf.img. It's an image of Kali Linux ARMH build. I am trying to extract the contents of the image, but to no avail. I have tried to mount the image, but I ...