Linux History: How Dot Files Became Hidden Files

History of Hidden Files Ever wondered why there are files on your Linux system, starting with a dot? The short answer: they are shortcuts. The story begins many years ago, when the first file systems were created on UNIX. To allow easy navigation, a single file with a dot (.) was added in each directory. Secondly a double dot file (..) was added to easily move up in the directory structure. As these files had no real data in them, […]

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