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Re: Should I install chkrootkit?

On 2014-06-08, Ralf Mardorf <ralf.mardorf@alice-dsl.net> wrote:
>> To see them in a terminal, the command is
>> $ ls -a
> I prefer
> $ ls -A
> "-A, --almost-all           do not list implied . and .."

Why are they (the files) hidden in the first place?  

Hey, a brief NSA-compatible Google search (of which the search terms
were: "Why are hidden files hidden") reveals the following:


 According to Rob Pike, the notion that filenames preceded by a . should be
 hidden in Unix was probably an unintended consequence of trying to make ls not
 show . and ... To avoid showing . and .., a simple test to exclude any file
 whose name started with a . character, rather than the exact names . and ..,
 was added to ls, and that happened to make all files starting with . hidden.[5]
 The convention of putting lots of hidden dotfiles directly in the home
 directory was considered bad design by Rob Pike and other Plan 9 developers,
 and they consequently put user config files in $HOME/cfg and $HOME/lib in Plan
 9.[5] The Unix/Linux freedesktop.org XDG Base Directory Specification also aims
 to migrate user config files from dotfiles in $HOME to non-hidden files in

So we will eventually have "non-hidden" files (but in a hidden directory!).

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