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Chapter 5. Understanding Files and Direc... > Understanding the Role of Directorie...

Understanding the Role of Directories

To this point in the chapter, you have read many references to the directory. These references, although necessary for the explanations of files at the time, do not provide a great deal of information about directories. Now that you know all about files, however, it is time to turn your attention to the method used by DOS to organize files—directories.

In many homes, flatware is stored in a drawer in the kitchen. In some homes, the forks and knives and spoons are laid in a jumble, all mixed up. In other homes, a plastic tray that has compartments for each type of utensil is used. Forks stay with forks, salad forks have their own compartment, and so on. The capacity of the drawer to store flatware is not affected, but the drawer stays more organized. So it is with directories. DOS directories have the same purpose: They keep your files organized.


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