No - it's just to get it out of your way - not clutter up ls output. Though I wish they'd just create a ~/etc for personal configs.
-- Just noticed *exactly* what you typed, though - that's a command line to execute 'filename' in the current directory - a hidden file is just a file whose name begins with a dot. Just to clarify.
Last edited by slakmagik; 01-27-2005 at 12:14 AM.