Cleaning /var/db/portsnap/files/, how?
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Mon Oct 4 12:17:08 UTC 2010
On Mon, 4 Oct 2010 13:24:18 +0200
Polytropon <freebsd at edvax.de> articulated:
> On Mon, 04 Oct 2010 12:01:24 +0200, "O. Hartmann"
> <ohartman at zedat.fu-berlin.de> wrote:
> > On several FreeBSD boxes "performing portsnap fetch" updating the
> > ports on a regular basis, folder /var/db/portsnap/files/ gets
> > filled over time.
> Sorry for not answering your question, but allow me a little
> sidenote regarding the proper terminology.
> FreeBSD, as every UNIX OS, has *directories*, not "folders".
> You do also use the name "files", not "sheets of paper",
> don't you?
You say po-tah-toes, he says po-tay-toes, who cares? Were you
completely baffled by what he was trying to convey? At the very least,
you could have attempted to answer his question before giving him a
lecture that served no purpose other than to belittle the OP.
By the way, in Linux and other Unix-like operating system, everything
on the system is treated as being a file, and a directory is thus
considered to be just a special type of file that contains a list of
file names and the corresponding inodes for each file and directory
that it appears to contain. An inode is a data structure on a
filesystem that stores all the information about a file except its name
and its actual data. Therefore, strictly speaking, he could have just
referenced "file" instead.
The term folder is used as a synonym for directory on the Microsoft
Windows and Macintosh operating systems.
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