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dot file

A Unix file name that begins with a period, which designates the file as hidden from normal view. In Unix, the ls command displays the file names in the current folder. The -a switch shows the hidden files with dot prefixes.




Show Hidden Dot Files
In this Mac OS X example, the ls commands (blue arrows) display the contents of the root directory. The -a parameter in the bottom example shows all the dot files that were hidden in the top example.






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Before/After Your Search Term
BeforeAfter
dot-com boomdot gain
dot-com bubbledot-gov
dot-com bustdot-green
dot-com companydot-info
dot-commiedot-jobs
dot-condot leader tab
dot-coopdot Mac
dot crawldot matrix
dot-edudot matrix printer
dot exedot-museum

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