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Subject: Re: new confused mac user
From: Michael O'Quinn (michael_at_oquinn.info)
Date: 2003-04-24


On Wed, 23 Apr 2003, john hudak wrote:

> hello! i just got an archos jukebox fm recorder, and have been
> trying to install the rockbox firmware/software, but for some reason,
> within the mac environment, i don't see anything resembling a root
> folder, except for the disk icon that appears on my desktop. if
> anyone has any suggestions, i would be very happy to receive them, as
> the manual that comes with this is very cryptic...
>
> best future,
> john

Hi John,

Every disk has a master directory, which can contain files and/or
additional directories. Each of the sub-directories can contain files,
and/or additional sub-directories. The directories can be nested several
times like this. I'm not a Mac expert, but I think the directories are
called "folders" on a Mac.

One way of thinking of this hierarchical directory structure is like a
tree. The Root Directory is main directory for the disk, and is
represented by the main tree trunk. Each sub-directory is represented by
a branch on the tree, and the actual files are represented by the tips of
the branches, or by the leaves. (Depends if it's winter or summer... :-)

So, to answer your question more directly, the Root Directory is the main
or master directory for the drive. I suspect that if you open the disk
icon you mentioned, you will be staring at a folder that is the root
directory.

Good luck!

Michael



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