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Old 02-18-2017, 04:23 PM   #1
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CentOS 7 - Root Directory - 1 File

Next weird linux newbie question.

I was poking around and found myself in the / directory. I noticed something I've never seen before, a 1 file. Yep, a file named 1. cat the file and get no output. Open it with ViM and it's apparently empty. rm -rf without sudo and permission denied.

Is there any way to know where it came from, and/or what it is for?

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I am betting this was caused by a mistake something like... >/1 instead of 2>&1 or something, Sounds plausible to me atleast.

Anyways the "stat" command will tell you the when of when it was last accessed and last modified.
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fwiw, I just looked on a Centos 7.2 computer I have running 24x7, and also had a 0 byte file named 1, dated some time in December. I suspect there is a minor bug in some software somewhere creating this file by accident, or maybe a bug in a yum update package script.


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