File System structures

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This post deals with the fundamentals of how computer operating systems organize and reference files. The unix-derived world and the Gates-derived world handle things differently.

With Windows, one can create shortcuts to a file in folders other than the file’s original location. The shortcuts are ephemeral. If the original file moves, or is deleted, the shortcut leads nowhere.

With unix, one can create one or more links to a file in new locations. The new links have equal weight to the original. If the original link to a file is deleted, the remaining links still references the content of the file directly.

I prefer the latter. It allows for more versatile ways for organizing disparate information. I haven’t found a way to have such available while using Windows. Maybe “there’s an app” that’ll do that.