Hidden Files

Linux History: How Dot Files Became Hidden Files

Ever wondered why there are files on your Linux system, starting with a dot? The short answer: they are shortcuts. Here is the full story and thoughts behind it.

Summary of Linux History: How Dot Files Became Hidden Files

The 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 to each directory. Secondly, a double dot file (..) was added to easily move up in the directory structure.

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