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Split the article[edit]

I think the article should be splitted in two, one part dealing with "directory" as in part of a computer filesystem, and the other related to the "Information repositories" section, as these seem fairly different concepts. Should I add the split template myself, or does anyone have objections? -- intgr 16:02, 10 June 2006 (UTC)

I concur. I note that there is an article Directory Service which could be more more generic to all directories (a database optimized for reading, searching and/or browsing), instead of being X.500 and LDAP centric. There is, of course, separate X.500 and LDAP articles. Kdz 14:20, 11 June 2006 (UTC)

It seems to work well to have folder and directory merged. However, if we do it that way, it seems that we assume "directory" as the official name. -- Brandonforgod 22:29 Dec 17, 2002 (UTC)

it doesn't really matter, since the link folder currently redirects the reader to this article, and the first sentence of the article gives both terms. (I suspect "directory" came first. If "folder" becomes the dominant term in the future, we can switch them round :-) -- Tarquin 22:34 Dec 17, 2002 (UTC)
seems fair to me -- Brandonforgod 22:36 Dec 17, 2002 (UTC)

Folder is now something totally different, 2 years later, but all is not lost. Annoyingly there is no real technical explanation of how directories on computers actually *WORK*, just how you can imagine them. This might need some editing at some point. Kim Bruning 14:52, 29 Feb 2004 (UTC)

For the above reason, I've added a stub message to this page. Kim Bruning 14:54, 29 Feb 2004 (UTC)


Hmm.. Where can I find a description of ../ notation? as in the . and .. shown in directory listings and the "../style/style.css" type notation for URLs? - Omegatron 03:39, Jun 23, 2005 (UTC)

.==current directory
..==parent directory
That's it! — a thing 06:26, 11 June 2006 (UTC)

incomplete sentence in first section:

In modern times in Linux and other Unix-like systems, directory structure is defined by either the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard.

i dont know what the "or ..." would be though. --Quiddity 03:08, 13 February 2006 (UTC)