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What is Everything Is A File?

 , updated on October 18, 2016
Everything is a file is an operating system architecture that treats all resources as files. It is one of the defining characteristics of Unix and Linux that is widely considered an eloquent design and competitive advantage of the platforms.
Everything is file allows resources such as documents, directories, physical devices and network communications to be accessed as if they were files. This allows a shared set of tools and APIs to be used across diverse resources. It also allows a platform to streamline security and use a single namespace.
Overview: Everything Is A File
TypeArchitectural Patterns
DefinitionAn operating system architecture that treats all or most resources as files.
ValueStreamlined security and services
Ability to use a single namespace
Shared tools and APIs
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