How the system manages files and directories
Internally, the system keeps track of files and directories using
inodes. An inode (or index node) is a representation of a
file that stores all the data belonging to that file, such as owner,
type, size, access permissions, access times and the file's layout
on disk. Each inode has a unique number which is used by the
file handling operations: the filename is simply a device to make
the filesystem easier to use for humans. In fact, while a file may
have only one inode number, it may have several filenames, these
being links to the one inode. See
``Creating links to files and directories''
for more information on links to files and directories.
File and directory attributes
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