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Part II: The Bioinformatics Workstation > Files and Directories in Unix

Chapter 4. Files and Directories in Unix

Now that you've set up your workstation, let's spend some time talking about how to get around in a Unix system. In this chapter, we introduce basic Unix concepts, including the structure of the filesystem, file ownership, and commands for moving around the filesystem and creating files.[*] Another important focus of this chapter, however, is the approach you should take to organizing your research data so that it can be accessed efficiently by you and by others.

[*] Throughout this chapter and Chapter 5, we introduce many Unix commands. Our quick and dirty approach to outlining the functions of these commands and their options should help you get started working fast, but it's by no means exhaustive. The Bibliography provides several excellent Unix books that will help you fill in the details.

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