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Old 02-20-2008, 11:49 AM   #1
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.bash_logout .bash_profile .bashrc

So what are these files hidden or something. How the heck am I supposed to understand folks when they are telling me these file are in the user directory and I don't see any files in the user dir. I do ls and dir and nothing! Then I typed in vi .bash_profile to create the file only to find it has stuff in it. Oh how I want to bash something now. Also I guess the "." is part of the file name???????? I would not have expected it to be but it must be, hu??? Keep in mind I am a newbie and I'm posting in the newbie forum because I don't get this stuff.
Old 02-20-2008, 12:02 PM   #2
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Preliminary Explanation

To find "dotted" files -- .bashrc, .bash_profile, and so on, you'll want to tack on -a to ls (ls -a .bash*), and you'll see a directory of these files. ls is the equivalent of the Windows/DOS dir command.

I believe Linux uses dot files, so the average user won't bother with them. In other words, the files need to stay out of the way. Using a dot file is one of the ways to do that.

The .bash* files are login and environment scripts, and there are a lot of rules about what gets run, depending on whether the files are present or not. If you are strictly considered about running a program or configuring your environment upon login, modify .bash_profile. I tend to put most of my environment changes in .bashrc, because I want any other program I run to pick up the environment defined in .bashrc.
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If you are using KDE, in konqueror, when looking at your home folder, go to the View menu, and click on 'Show hidden files".

In a terminal, ls -a (list all) will show you hidden files.


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