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root directory

[′rüt di‚rek·trē]
(computer science)
The starting point in a hierarchical file system, where the system operates when it is first started.

root directory

(file system)
The topmost node of a hierarchical file system.

root directory

The starting point in a hierarchical file system. In modern operating systems, access to the root directory (root folder) requires administrator privileges (see root level). Gaining access to a file in the hierarchy requires identifying all the directories/folders in the path from the root directory/folder to that file. In DOS and Windows, the command line symbol for the root directory is a backslash (\). In Unix/Linux, it is a slash (/). See path, tree, hierarchical file system and file system.
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By applying chroot to this specified root folder "./coer2-32-poky-linux", you will immediately have a Linux shell working in the same root directories structures as in Edison.
The cluster is deployed on three Compaq servers that cost approximately $5,000 each, with their own local copy of the database and Web root directories using EAC for both MySQL and Apache.
"Anything you do to a computer will change it If you suspect your computer was compromised, it is very important you don't touch anything on the computer until forensic investigators get there." Investigators will copy and examine tides and peruse root directories.