System Administration Guide, Volume 1

Overview of File Systems

A file system is a structure of directories used to organize and store files. The term file system is used to describe:

Usually, you can tell from context which meaning is intended.

The Solaris operating environment uses the virtual file system (VFS) architecture, which provides a standard interface for different file system types. The VFS architecture enables the kernel to handle basic operations, such as reading, writing, and listing files; and makes it easier to add new file systems.

Administering file systems is one of your most important system administration tasks. Read this chapter for file system background and planning information. Refer to other chapters in the System Administration Guide for instructions about the following tasks:

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Creating new file systems 

Chapter 35, Creating File Systems (Tasks) and Chapter 37, The Cache File System (Tasks)

Making local and remote files available to users 

Chapter 36, Mounting and Unmounting File Systems (Tasks)

Connecting and configuring new disk devices 

Chapter 28, Disk Management (Overview)

Designing and implementing a backup schedule and restoring files and file systems as needed 

Chapter 42, Backing Up and Restoring File Systems (Overview)

Checking for and correcting file system damage 

Chapter 39, Checking File System Integrity