RPi File Manager directory tree show two tree items Pi and /

They are on same level.

I am trying to learn how to navigate Linux file structure and was expecting "/" as unnamed base only.

Is RPi hierarchy different than Linux and is there a doc explaining this basic hierarchy in RPi?

So the question is irrelevant? Is this marked by robot? Please show me relevant question ?

  • Are you sure you didn't see ~/ as the path? – Jacobm001 Jul 31 '17 at 23:53
  • jacobm not sure what are you asking, but the issue is solved – Jan Hus Aug 1 '17 at 2:08
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    If the issue is solved, then I would suggest you accept the answer that solved your problem. – Jacobm001 Aug 1 '17 at 2:11

This may clear up the confusion, go to the root directory cd / (in the terminal) and type pwd, then type ls -la. Note you will not see the pi directory at the same level as the root directory. Now go to the pi directory (cd) and rerun pwd. Note this is as expected under the /home directory.

The GUI file manager may appear to show the pi directory as a peer, but as the above experiment shows they are not. They are more like the shortcuts in the windows explorer or file open dialog boxes, and are there to make life easier.

  • I can do cd / and see the normal structure , but when i do cd /pi I if I edd new user where it shoud wshow in File manager tree ?do not get any pi pi@raspberrypi:~ $ cd pi bash: cd: pi: No such file or directory pi@raspberrypi:~ $ cd /pi bash: cd: /pi: No such file or directory pi@raspberrypi:~ $ – Jan Hus Aug 1 '17 at 1:53
  • @JanHus that is because it is cd /home/pi or just cd (assuming you are logged in as pi). cd only changes to your home directory. /pi does not exist. It is displayed that way in filemanager, but it is only a shortcut like desktop and downloads in windows file explorer. – Steve Robillard Aug 1 '17 at 2:01
  • Ok , got it root home pi – Jan Hus Aug 1 '17 at 2:05
  • SO if I have another user should I see same shortcut in File Manger? – Jan Hus Aug 1 '17 at 2:06
  • I would expect so, but it depends on how they implemented it. You could answer that by adding a new user. I would expect one of two things. Either you will see the /pi shortcut or a /user shortcut. Actually you might see neither again depending on how they implemented it. – Steve Robillard Aug 1 '17 at 2:09

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