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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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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Hard drive failed, suspected filesystem corruption, still cannot salvage any data from harddrive

Firstly, I am terribly sorry if this is a duplicate, but I couldn't find a similar issue to mine, so here goes. I have a 1TB hdd bought around 8 months ago used as backup hard drive. I have not used ...
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Recover data from a Samsung DVD recorder's hard drive

I have a Samsung DVD recorder: I want to recover data from its hard disk. I need to buy a SATA-to-USB adapter and connect the hard drive to power then to USB and mount it on my PC. I have done data ...
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scp No such file or directory

I've a confusing question for which superuser doesn't seem to have a good answer, and neither google. I'm trying to scp a file from a remote server to my local machine. The command is this scp ...
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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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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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Copy entire file system hierarchy from one drive to another

I would like to copy the entire file system hierarchy from one drive to another..i.e contents of each directory as well as regular files in Linux platform. Would be gratefull to know the best way to ...
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Canot format MicroSD. File system is read-only

I formatted it for my special needs some time ago using fdisk. Don't remember the partition table, but there was 1 fat32 and 1 ext4 partition. Now I want to format it fat32 clean, but I get the ...
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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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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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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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What is the extension of a folder in Windows?

Windows recognizes files using extensions. Does same applies to folders? Is there a special extension that mark a file as a folder?
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Can't access drive letter after successful network share mapping on Windows 8

I am trying to map a network share to a drive letter persistently on Windows 8.1 (\server\pictures to W:) and after it succeeds, it is not visible in File Explorer nor can I access it by entering the ...
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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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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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I have specific files to install that I have downloaded. Is there a standard practice for location(s)? [closed]

I just downloaded "processing" for my linux box (ubuntu 14.04), however It was a tarball, but I couldn't run configure on it. The installation instructions, found here just say to extract the files ...
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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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Zero inodes even after formatting hard disk

I have an external 1Tb harddisk which due to some reason was showing following under df -i Filesystem Inodes IUsed IFree IUse% Mounted on /dev/sdb1 0 0 0 - ...
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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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Mounting FTP as filesystem in debian using curlftpfs

I am trying to mount a FTP as filesystem in debian using curlftpfs. What I get after running curlftpfs -o allow_other username:password@ftp.server.com /mnt/myftp/ is just: fuse: failed to open ...
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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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e2image restore file system metadata

I'm trying to recreate file system metadata on a virtual disk. I can save this metadata using e2image, and the e2image man page tells me I can use e2image -I to restore the file system. Unfortunately, ...
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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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Formatting a partition: What should the “allocation unit size” be?

I'm formatting a 1TB external hard drive as NTFS. This drive is mainly meant for storing media such as music and video. What should I choose for the allocation unit size setting? The options range ...
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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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How can I copy my (Ubuntu 9.04) Linux filesystem to another computer?

I have spent a lot of time configuring my computer: shell scripts, path definitions, video settings, as well as lots of programs. The disk is ext3 formatted. I would like to 1) move everything ...
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What does the + mean in the output of “ls -l”?

ls -l -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 885 2010-07-08 13:55 /etc/backup-number-of-files* -rwxrwxr-x+ 1 levchuk Users 1067 2010-08-30 14:37 /etc/backup-running-time* Please notice the + on the 2nd ...
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Easy way to find out which process is locking a file or folder in Windows? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I delete a ‘locked’ file? How can I find out which process is locking a file or folder in Windows? For instance if you are trying to delete a folder ...
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What is the different between sdelete -c and -z?

I've learned from this article to use sdelete as a step to shrink VDI file: sdelete -c c: But what does the -c ('Clean free space' as described by its help text) mean? Doesn't it write free space ...
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Change GPT partition file system type with parted

When I created my GPT partitions using parted, I was using ext2 file system type perviously: $ parted /dev/sdc print | grep ^12 12 961GB 1118GB 157GB ext2 msftdata Now I ...
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Does this exist: a standardized way of documenting a file-system structure

At work, I'm in charge of maintaining the organization of a whole lot of varied data on a standard file-system. Part of this is coming up with sensible classification (by similarity, need, read/write ...
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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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Windows Hostname From File System

How can I determine the hostname of a Windows (XP) computer from files alone? I have a full backup of several hard drives, but I'm not sure which one is which.
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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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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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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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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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How to save and restore file's created/modified dates?

I've copied a bunch of files from one server to the other, and now the files' dates are reset to current. How to backup files' dates on old server and restore the them on the new one (without ...
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How do I mount an SSH folder in linux so I can access it and read/write as if a normal folder?

I have a remote server that I can SSH into. I want to mount a folder that's on that server onto my local linux desktop. Then I want to be able to read/write files there from within my text editor. How ...
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Data recovery solutions/methods

I accidentally formatted my hard disk, but I was able to see all my files and recover them by using the GetDataBack recovery tool. Is there a way to just restore the complete hard drive in place, ...
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how to recover data from a logically corrupted external hard drive using testdisk

So I think ignored too many of my computer's warnings and disconnected my external hard drive without properly ejecting it and now it seems the file system is corrupted. Are there any programs that ...