Administering files

There are many ways to work with the files on your system. Usually you create a text file with a text editor.

The common editors in the UNIX environment are vi and ed. Because several text editors are available, you can choose an editor you feel comfortable with.

You can also create files by using input and output redirection. You can send the output of a command to a new file or append it to an existing file.

After creating and modifying files, you might have to copy or move files from one directory to another, rename files to distinguish different versions of a file, or give different names to the same file. You might also need to create directories when working on different projects.

Also, you might need to delete certain files. Your directory can quickly get cluttered with files that contain old or useless information. To release storage space on your system, ensure that you delete files that are no longer needed.