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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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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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 are “$PATH” and “~/bin”? How can I have personal scripts?

What is $PATH? How can I have commands/programs which are only available for me? I have seen this path ~/bin mentioned before, but what is it used for, and how do I use it?
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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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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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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 ...
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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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“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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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 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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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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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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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 ...
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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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My folders have been synced but I don't see any files

I recently signed up for a a 20 GB Ubuntu One account for 2.99 per month because I wanted to sync some of my Home folders. It's been a week now. My tomboy notes synced fine, but after selecting my ...
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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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Find duplicate files and folders and move these to a different folder [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to find (and delete) duplicate files Is there a reliable duplicate file/folders utility, (with GUI) for Linux that can find duplicate files or folders and move them ...
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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 do I delete all empty directories in a directory from the command line?

Say I have a directory named "foo". This folder is full of other directories. How can I delete all the empty directories in one command?
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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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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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Move /home to a different disk

Currently my /home partition and / are on different disks (configured at install time). Can anyone guide me to move the /home directory to the disk where my / currently resides in?
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How can I detect and delete all lost configuration folders?

Over the time there is an increasing number of hidden .configuration folders in my home folder. Many of these come from applications I only installed for testing or from applications that I don't use ...
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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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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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Find file or directory in whole directory structure

How can I find a file with a specific name in bash. I want to search through the whole system. I tried with find, but that only work through one level.
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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: ...
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Assigning different directory permission for each different groups

I am running Ubuntu 12.04 64bit server on ext4. There are four user groups - marketing, sales, admin and etc. I need to assign different permissions to /archive as follows: rw for the marketing ...
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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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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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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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Accessing a folder that I can't “name” in the shell

I have a stubborn folder that someone must have created accidentally and that has persisted all this time. I can see it with: # find /var/www/html -maxdepth 1 -type d which gives me: /var/www/html ...
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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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Is it possible to exclude a file or folder from being synced, while it is in a directory that was synced?

I synced a folder called "travel". I want to exclude a file in this folder from being synced. Is this possible? Do the other big syncers, like dropbox and mozy, have this feature?
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How can I change permissions of a folder, including its enclosed files and subdirectories?

I need to recursively change the permissions of all folders, sub-folders and files from within ~/.local/share/Trash/expunged Does anyone have a clue or idea on how to do this? I have tried ...
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Ubuntu keeps creating dummy directories

Whenever I boot into Ubuntu, something (frankly, I'm not sure which program does that) creates a bunch of directories, namely ~/Music, ~/Videos, ~/Documents, and ~/Audiobooks. I know it's possible ...
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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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Mounting a Windows folder with writing permissions in Ubuntu

Apparently the answer is here: http://superuser.com/questions/251537/mount-specific-ntfs-directory-on-linux however it is not working as expected. I have a dual boot system with Windows 7 and Ubuntu ...
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How to make Downloads folder behave like a temp directory

In order to reduce disk space usage, I want to automate a temporary clean in my Downloads folder. I figured two ways to do so: 1) Changing the configurations of firefox, etc. to save files to /tmp/ ...
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Setting up a shared media drive

I want to have a shared media drive be transparently usable to all users, whilst also sticking to FHS and Ubuntu standards. The former takes priority if necessary. I currently mount it at /media/Stuff ...
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How do I change the folder icons in the “Places” menu?

How do I change to icons in here?
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What does ./ mean?

What does ./ mean? For example: Does the following command mean moving files from Gapache2 folder to sites-available: root@ip-10-112-55-203:/etc/mds-1.2-beta4/sana/config/etc/Gapache2# mv ./ ...
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“Documents on XXXX's iPhone ” folder opens up when I plug in my iPhone

Everytime I plug my iPhone into my computer (Ubuntu 11.10) a folder pops up titled "Documens on Jamie's iPhone." How do I stop this? Initially it asked me what I wanted to do,but I must have hit ...
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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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how do I make nautilus to automatically suggest the folder 'Documents' for pdf files?

In Ubuntu 11.10, how can I set up nautilus so that when I select "Save as..." on Evince or some other PDF viewer, for a PDF I downloaded with the browser, it automatically suggests the folder ...
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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 restore template functionality after having deleted the Templates folder in 12.10?

As many I deleted the Templates on a fresh install. I followed the instructions in the accepted answer of What is the templates folder in the home dir for? I am running 12.10 and the proposed solution ...