Tag Archives: directories

How to Password-Encrypt Compressed Directories on Linux.

Password compression of files is a very important file operation that is usually done for very legitimate reasons like file size reduction (especially when considering memory space) and encryption for security reasons. Since security is very important to computer use, it would be very advisable to password-protect folders (or directories) and files containing personal information… Read More »

5 Ways to Backup Files on Your Computer

By | November 16, 2016

To ‘back up’ is not a strange phrase in computer circles, it simply means keeping files somewhere outside your computer system – either for security or safety reasons. And you must be able to retrieve such files when necessary. In a previous post we advised to always back up as an insurance against loss or… Read More »

The Linux File System – Part 3: A forbidden tree? No!

I like the way Linux commands are designed to give you an idea of their function. The normal everyday tree around us is that living green wooden structure with green leaves on branches and most times with fruits. All these functional parts (leaves, braches, roots, etc) are arranged in such a manner to produce a… Read More »

Mounting an external USB Flash/Thumb /Hard Drive

When you plug a USB thumb drive into a modern Linux system it is automatically mounted onto the disk (file system) and appears on the desktop depending on the distribution (distro) you’re using. But there might be some situations that prevents a an external file system (like in an external thumb drive or hard disk)… Read More »

THE LINUX FILE SYSTEM – Part 2: File and Directory Manipulation

In our previous introductory post we emphasized the important roles files play in course of using a Linux system. In this post we would be dealing with the different stuffs we could do with files and directory on our system. Emphasis would be laid on the command-line aspect here because the nautilus file explorer is… Read More »

THE LINUX FILE SYSTEM – Part 1: Introduction

Most of the activities carried out by a computer user revolve around files – ranging from pictures, music, videos, documents, and the likes. And it is very important to be able to locate and mange files easily. So in this post and the next to follow w would be examining the Linux file system and… Read More »

HOW TO COMPRESS AND DECOMPRESS FILES IN LINUX: gzip and gunzip

GNU ZIP (“gzip”) is another compressing command tool commonly used in Linux. Just like the bzip2 program it is used to compress files while the “gunzip” is used to decompress files. The file extension of files compressed with gzip end with ‘.gz’. for example; gzip file_name For example; gzip memo.txt The end product (the compressed… Read More »

FILE OWNERSHIP AND PERMISSIONS

Linux borrowed a lot from its mentor UNIX, and one of what was borrowed is the idea that everything in the OS (hardware and software) is represented by a file (yeah…you’d get the sense of if as you progress so don’t bug your brain ’bout this). Majorly because of this reason file ownership and permissions… Read More »