[Techtalk] Linux file system versus dos/win model

Miriam English mim at miriam-english.org
Tue Jul 29 22:51:40 UTC 2008

I'd be interested in the answer to this too. It always seemed to me that 
the Linux way of doing this makes for a couple of inconveniences.

It makes it harder to restrict a search to the main hard drive without 
unmounting other drives or breaking the search into smaller parts. For 
example if I'm looking for a particular program on the main boot hard 
drive I need to either separately search /bin, /usr, /root, and any 
other likely spots or else unmount any other drives attached to the 
filesystem before searching /

The other problem is a conceptual one. Having the boot drive mounted 
inside itself is just weird. Having all the other drives mounted inside 
that one too is also counterintuitive. Things like this make it more 
difficult for newcomers to Linux than it needs to be.

Best wishes,

	- Miriam

Anne Wainwright wrote:
> Hello,
> Looking for some knowledge here.
> One of the reasons I often read for the superiority of linux over windows is oft-touted statement that under linux 'everything is mounted on one contiguous file system'
> So if I mount my usb stick on linux it comes up on the file system under /flash
> If I mount it on windows (well, plug it it) then it comes up as 'F' with my allocated name of Sahara.
> How is this any different? Both are shown on a tree-like structure. I can move files from the device to any other part of the tree with equal facility.  What am I missing here, what in essence is the real difference?
> bestest
> Anne

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