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    I know that an inode is a data structure that stores data about a file. But why do we have inode tables? How do they help us?

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    A really, really basic way of thinking about them is as a street map. Without some way of navigating about the file system you would never know where anything was.

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    Originally Posted by SimonSaysBleed
    I know that an inode is a data structure that stores data about a file. But why do we have inode tables? How do they help us?

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    Expanding a bit on SimonJM's comment, check out what Wikipedia has to say.

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    I think of the inode table like an index in a book. You look up what you want to know (filename) in the table and find the page number (inode number) and when you turn to that page, you get all the info you need (file type, size, file owner etc).

    (Now that I read it written down, it sounds much simpler in my head!)
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