ROOT LEVEL of a system....?

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  1. fab5freddy macrumors 65816

    fab5freddy

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    Can somebody please explain to me what

    'ROOT LEVEL' means when talking about the hierarchy of files.....?

    thanks!
     
  2. Trip.Tucker Guest

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    The first level of the heirachial tree of that mounted volume. The equivalent in Windows would be C:\

    In Unix this is typically /
     
  3. fab5freddy thread starter macrumors 65816

    fab5freddy

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    Can you compare the Root Level to the analagy of
    a plant where you can see the top of the plant and
    if you go deeper you dig into sub folders...?

    Is it like the Iceberg analogy ?
     
  4. therziger macrumors newbie

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    more specific

    I have same question - is it the "Sytem folder"? "Macintosh HD"? etc
     
  5. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Root is usually on Macintosh HD. The System folder is located at the root level. The proper name for the System folder is /System. The forward slash (/) is the root level.
     
  6. giadaf macrumors newbie

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    Root level in Mac

    Hi!

    Please help me! Where exactly can I find the root level volume in my MacBook Pro? How do I access the System folder?
     
  7. CarreraGuy macrumors regular

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    Open a terminal at the $ prompt, for e.x.:

    $ ls -l /Volumes/

    lrwxr-xr-x 1 root admin 1 Dec 4 08:29 your_hd -> /

    For system folder either:

    $ ls -l /Volumes/your_hd/System/

    or since '/' is sym-linked in your Volumes folder:

    $ ls -l /System/

    You can also do just 'ls', the '-l' option gives you long format. MacOS is a flavor of Unix (Darwin i.r.c.) underneath the hood. If you are new to Unix/Linux command line interface checkout :

    http://freeengineer.org/learnUNIXin10minutes.html

    Or google something on the order of: 'unix or linux command line tutorial'
     
  8. benwaffle macrumors newbie

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    the root of your hard drive can be found by clicking your hard drive in the finder sidebar

    to get to the system folder do the above then click system
     

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