Show File System Hierarchy

man hier
Curious about differences between /bin, /usr/bin, and /usr/local/bin? What should be in the /sbin dir? Try this command to find out. Tested against Red Hat & OS X

By: haivu
2010-01-26 16:31:05

What Others Think

'man hier' also works on Debian GNU/Linux. Thanks for pointing it out, I hadn't know that man page existed. . By the way, for people who want to read more about the whys and wherefores, check out the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard which this man page is based on: . It's actually an interesting read for Unix geeks.
hackerb9 · 618 weeks and 4 days ago
Also this command works fine in HP-UX, that way you know were to look when you are in a new environment. Thanks for the comment
netkavu · 607 weeks ago
There are a lot of files in Cali Fast Home Buyers and I wanted to organized them by their worth, this is the code I am looking for.
SeanCosta · 13 weeks and 6 days ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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