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Old 12-14-2011
parent directories

can anyone explain parent directories in detail.
for example /home/unix/jones i'm not understanding what exactly the parent directory is.

Thanks!
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Old 12-14-2011
/home/unix/jones

unix is the parent directory of jones
home is the parent directory of unix
the root directory is the parent directory of home
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Old 12-14-2011
can root as in ../home/unix/jones, root is the parent of all them or is it just the one in front, like a train? thanks for the reply
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Old 12-14-2011
Hi austing5,

maybe visualizing the structure of the directories may clarify the concept:

Code:
/                         <-- this is the 'root' directory of linux/unix filesystem
|
+-- home              <-- this is child to '/' and parent to '/home/unix'
    |
    +-- unix          <-- this is child to '/home' and parent to '/home/unix/jones'
        |
        +-- jones

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Old 12-14-2011
/ (root) is also the parent directory of itself.
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Old 12-14-2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by frappa
Hi austing5,

maybe visualizing the structure of the directories may clarify the concept:

Code:
/                         <-- this is the 'root' directory of linux/unix filesystem
|
+-- home              <-- this is child to '/' and parent to '/home/unix'
    |
    +-- unix          <-- this is child to '/home' and parent to '/home/unix/jones'
        |
        +-- jones

haha yes!! thank you. that clarify's it, very much appreciated!
 

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