A component of a Unix filesystem which contains other items, to organise the filesystem

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Move home folder to second drive

I have 2 HDD drives in my computer. At the moment second drive is mounted as /media/storage. How can I move my user data from /home to /media/storage/home? Can I just move the data over there and ...
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Change folder permissions and ownership

I would like the user to have full rights on this folder (as well as all sub-directories and files in it): ~/.blabla currently owned by root. I have found numerous posts (in this forum and ...
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Auto mount a disk drive in ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Bookmark directory not found)

I'm using ubuntu 14.04 LTS. When I start my pc and click on any bookmark from the file manager it shows this error: Unable to find the requested file. Please check the spelling and try again. ...
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How to encrypt individual folders?

Let's say that I have a folder, within my Documents folder, that has files I want no one to access without a password. Is there a way to lock down that folder so that it's password protected / ...
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Is there a tool to encrypt a file or directory?

What's the most popular way to encrypt individual files or folders?
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How can I hide directories without changing their names?

The OCD in me wants directories I do not like the name of to be hidden since I do not interact with them directly. How can I hide directories without using the dot notation?
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How to drag a folder to the launcher from Nautilus

How can I add a folder to the launcher for quick access to it. In this particular case I wish to drag it to the launcher.
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Strange folder in my home folder after a failed run of BleachBit

A folder was created in my home folder (not by anyone), and I cannot see the folder contents. She has root privileges, but when the nautilus root access the folder is empty. When I try to remove it, ...
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How can I change the default location of content directories (eg Pictures, Templates, Music) in my home folder?

I have multiple users on my home desktop. I am content with most of the default user directories, however I would like to make one change. I would like to setup a common directory for Music (ie /home/...
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“You are not the owner…” message when trying to access folder

In the properties menu of this folder the permission is set to "root" user and group, it shows the message "you are not the owner, so you cannot change these permissions." I am indeed the owner and ...
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Differences between /bin, /sbin, /usr/bin, /usr/sbin, /usr/local/bin, /usr/local/sbin [duplicate]

I'm running an Ubuntu Server 13.04, but I see the same on a 12.04: I have six directories with command files. These are: /bin /sbin /usr/bin /usr/sbin /usr/local/bin /usr/local/sbin What are the ...
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How do I navigate between directories in terminal?

I am new to Linux and Ubuntu and have tried changing to folders/directories with some difficulty. Could someone explain why the following commands failed to change to the desired target folder/...
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Nautilus crashes when accessing some folders

Since the past few days, Nautilus has started crashing whenever I access one of the Documents, video, pictures, download folder. It does not happen when I access the home folder and other mounted ...
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Can I change personal folder locations?

I did this in Windows 7. My Documents, Videos, Music and other personal folders are in D:\ because it is my media disk. In case of a system failure, I will always have access to these files when I ...
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Dropbox error - 'echo 100000 | sudo tee / proc/sys/fs/inotify/max_user_watches'

Dropbox gives me an error that mentions echo tee 100000 but then it disappears. How to fix or remove msg?
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Use of /opt and /usr/local directories in the context of a PC

What is the difference between /opt and /usr/local directories and what kind of programs should be installed to them? I referred to Linux File-system Hierarchy but the explanation is not that clear. ...
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How to customize (add/remove folders/directories) the “Places” menu of Ubuntu 13.04 “Files” application?

I can't seem to find a way to customize (add/remove folders/directories) the "Places" menu in the most recent "Files" application of Ubuntu 13.04. The procedures used with "Nautilus" in the previous ...
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Difference between 'dir' and 'ls' terminal commands?

I've been trying to find the difference between using the dir and ls commands in terminal. I know ls is the traditional unix method of viewing the files in a directory, and that dir is the windows ...
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How to encrypt folders (not in Home)? [duplicate]

Is there a way to encrypt a folder, which is not in Home (/home/user/) but even in a different partition, so only my user can access/read contained files? Alternatively, I would like to understand if ...
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What happens if I delete the default folders in my home folder?

What are the consequences of deleting any of these? e.g.: How will applications that expect them to be present behave? Where will the items on my desktop go?
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How can you access a folder you want quickly?

You can't put folders in launcher in easy way, so how you access folders or files in fast and easy way?
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Ubuntu One Sync for multiple folders in Windows, not just the Ubuntu One folder

I may have misunderstood Ubuntu One as a service, but this is how I had pictured it. At home, I tagged a few folders with the "Sync to Ubuntu One" tick and it started uploading. Now back at work, on ...
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How to use ssh to transfer files from computer a to local computer

I am trying to get some files off of my school linux account using ssh. I have got the connection to work using: scp <school_server>: ~/folder i want ~/where i want to go. But when it goes ...
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Why can't I sync a folder from another partition/drive on Windows?

I'm setting up Ubuntu One on my Widows machine and I get a message telling me to select a folder in my C:\users\TJ directory. I keep nothing on my C: drive and I need to sync from a D: drive ...
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What does the l command do?

There is a command l available on my machine which appears to do nothing. which l also produces no output. Is this a real command, and does it actually do anything?
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How do I delete all empty directories in a directory from the command line?

Say I have a directory named foo/. This folder includes subdirectories. How can I delete all the empty directories in one command?
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Accidentally created directory named “~” (tilde)

I managed to make a directory literally named ~. (Apparently, Python's os.mkdir('~/something') does this.) How do I remove it without nuking my home? Also, if it helps, I have my real /home on a ...
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Two accounts on same computer how to make a share folder for both?

I need a shared folder. I and my wife need to exchange files on same computer. How to do that?
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Can't access Ubuntu's shared folders from Windows 7

In Ubuntu Maverick, I've shared some folders using the Nautilus "Sharing Options" GUI. I can see them from Windows 7, but when I try to access them (from Windows) it asks for a username and ...
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How to open a folder (with GUI) from terminal?

I want to place a link/shortcut/launcher in my unity panel (ubuntu 12.10). I followed this tutorial on handytutorial.com to create a custom launcher and drag it to the panel. I just need to know ...
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How can I assign custom icons to folders?

How do I assign custom icons to folders, as well as the default folders Desktop, Downloads, Music, etc.? I know that one way is to assign the properties of folders, but I want to assign icons in the ...
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Does a mountpoint have to be an empty directory?

Or does it overwrite the existing data in the mountpoint? Or is it just un-accessible?
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Can Shotwell create a folder structure based on the event a photo is assigned to?

I have found here on AU and elsewhere that Shotwell can import files and organise them into folders/subfolders by date (yyyymm, yyyy/mm/dd, and so on). Can I import files, assign them to events, and ...
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How to hide files and folders in Nautilus?

I want to hide, most of the folders in root (/) using Nautilus. Probably the only folders in / I want shown are /home and /tmp. In addition to hiding folders, I also want to hide two files: initrd....
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Limit the size of a directory by deleting old files

I have a IP cam which save its recordings in a specific directory named Camera1 in my Ubuntu Server 12.04. I would like to limit the size of this folder to 5 gigs, by deleting -say once a day- the ...
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Move or Install Apps on HDD not SSD

I find a few threads that essentially say "you don't have to do that", so here goes: I already can find how to move the Home folder for a single user off my SSD. I think I have an idea how to do that ...
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Why are hard links not allowed for directories?

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 and I am pretty new Linux world. I am really amazed when I try to create hard link for any directory and fail. I can create hard links for files inside file system boundary. I ...
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Copy folders (not one file) using SSH ubuntu? [duplicate]

I am trying to copy a folder to remote Ubuntu server using command line ssh connection, i understand it's doable to transfer a file using scp but i have many files in a folder iam trying to copy to ...
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How can I add a bookmark in my nautilus folder explorer

In Ubuntu 11 I just dragged the folder there. This seems to be not possible on my new Samsung ultrabook with Ubuntu 12.04 I've tried Ctrl+D and using the top menu but nothing happens and no error ...
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Rename default user directories

Is it possible to rename default directories like ~/Documents, ~/Music, ~/Videos? Especially I want to rename Videos to Movies.
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How can I make a hidden file/folder? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I hide directories without changing their names? I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 and I want to make a file hidden. How do I make for example a .docx file or a directory ...
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Move files in subdir to another dir

I have a directory : ../Music with a lot of music files in a lot of subdirectories. How would i move all the files in the subdirectories to another directory ? Thus, i only want to move the files, i ...
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How do I force Rhythmbox to automatically organise my music files into folders?

How do I force Rhythmbox to automatically organise my music files into folders (corresponding to the artist and album) in Ubuntu 12.04 beta-1. Is this functionality currently missing from the new ...
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How to make folders ' seen' by PLEX

When I want to add a folder to PLEX I cannot find it. I have 2 harddrives in my computer. Ubuntu 13 installed on the 120GB SSD and another 1TB normal harddrive which contains 1 Folder called 'Films'. ...
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Create a link to a folder on the left panel of Nautilus file manager?

I would like to create a link to some new folder that I have in my home. The left panel shows docs, images downloads etc. But I would like to add my other folders that I created myself like university ...
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Placing many (10 million) files in one folder

I've just added a predictive search (see example below) feature to my site that runs on a Ubuntu Server. This runs direct from a database. I want to cache the result for each search and use that if it ...
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How to create a new folder on List view on nautilus?

This is a really small problem, although it seems to be like a pretty big design issue. When the folder is full of files, for example, there's no empty space left to right click on, so how do I ...
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How to delete all the files with a certain extension from a folder and all of its subfolders?

I want to remove all the .jpg files from my Music folder in order to save room. My Music folder contains subfolders, and I would like to know if there is a command to remove all the .jpg files from ...
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custom icon in “Places” menu

I'm pretty new to Ubuntu, but I know the basics. I read the "How do I change the folder icons in the “Places” menu?" but it didn't help, did the option #2 since I want to specify it for a single ...
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Why is my desktop the same as home folder?

My desktop (not the /home/user/Desktop folder) shows the contents of my /home/user folder. I don't know how I have done it and can I have some help on undoing it? The /home/user/Desktop folder just ...