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Old 08-20-2010, 05:43 AM   #1
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which folder is ~


I want to edit the config file of an application I have installed and the documentation says that the config file is per-user and therefore stored in "~/". Which folder is that? The app itself is installed in "/usr/local/bin/".
 
Old 08-20-2010, 05:46 AM   #2
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Hello,

The ~/ folder refers to your home folder. So if your username is john, in most (if not all) Linux distros your home folder would be:
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/home/john
You can test that by just typing:
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cd
follewed by enter to go to your home directory and then:
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pwd
to show the present working directory.

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Old 08-20-2010, 05:52 AM   #3
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Ah, thanks. But that leaves me with two options. Either the config file is hidden. Or it does not exist yet.

EDIT: Yup, it is hidden. I'm able to open it with nano in terminal.

Thanks for the help and topic solved.

Last edited by junglepunk; 08-20-2010 at 05:58 AM.
 
Old 08-20-2010, 05:59 AM   #4
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Config files usually live in '~' ($HOME as you now know) and their name start with a dot '.'.

Most linux applications will not display the so called 'dot files' by default. They are considered kind of hidden files, but that's just a convention as said. Most programs will have a command line option (like in ls -a) or a menu option (like in most file explorer) to show dot files.

Also, note that config files might not exist by default, some apps create the config file with the default settings the first time you run them. Some others won't do that, and you will have to look for sample config files under /usr/share/doc/<app-name> or in their web site.
 
Old 08-20-2010, 06:09 AM   #5
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Hi,

Glad you figured it out. If you consider your problem/question solved, then please mark it as such using the Thread Tools.

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Old 08-20-2010, 06:19 AM   #6
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Thx for that explanation i92guboj. The file was hidden with a "dot", that's what confused me.
 
  


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