Unix fundamentals - mount points

Today, I'm going to introduce the concept of mount points. Mount points are, in essence, folders in which external filesystems are mounted (their contents are dropped into that folder). We'll be going into that in a bit more detail in just a second. First of all, the obligatory Wikipedia definition:

A mount point is a term used to describe where the computer puts the files in a file ...

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Command line tips - colour your ls output

Now some distributions do this for you already, but some don't. What am I talking about? Colouring the output of our great command line friend, ls.

Coloured output from ls can serve many purposes. It can help you to identify directories from files, and it highlights other things, like whether a file is executable or not, whether a symlink is broken or not and many other things.

If you ...

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Debian/Ubuntu tip - flushing out your repository cache

The Aptitude package management system built into Debian, Ubuntu and other Debian-derived distributions is top quality and makes it really easy to get software from out there on to your machine from one convienient interface.

However, occassionally things go a bit strange - new software might not appear, old software might get stuck or if you've just added a new repository, you'll need to flush the existing package list ...

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