Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

What does /etc stands for in Linux/Unix ?

Filed under
HowTos

There is a discussion going on over at Slashdot regarding what /etc in Linux/Unix stands for. Is it an acronym or does it stand for 'et cetera' ? While the opinion is divided, the overwhelming thought is that it stands for et cetera. That is, what ever data which doesn't belong to other directories are put into /etc. Such as the 'motd' file (which stands for "Message Of The Day"). Many of us also look at /etc as a placeholder for the configuration files of programs which we run on our system.

If you look at the Linux file hierarchy, you find the following :

* /etc - Usually contain the configuration files for all the programs that run on your Linux/Unix system.

The file system hierarchy standard [FSHS] explains /etc as follows :

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

Turning Windows users into Linux users with MakuluLinux Aero

Slick, sleek, and fast and very Windows-like ... this is a distro that could get your users on the path of OS righteousness Read more

Open Source Education Begins at an Early Age

Open source software (OSS) is becoming a standard in the technology market, and much of today’s youth will find themselves using open source in their future educational and professional endeavors. But to do so, this younger generation will first need to develop the skills that will allow them to build, create and explore OSS technology effectively down the road. This calls for education in open source. Read more

Debian-Based OpenMediaVault 2.1 NAS Solution Adds WiFi and VLAN Support

Volker Theile, project leader of the Debian-based OpenMediaVault NAS (Network-attached Storage) distribution, was more than happy to inform us about the immediate availability for download of OpenMediaVault 2.1. Read more

Arch Linux 2015.07.01 Is Now Available for Download

Being July 1 and all that, that time has come for a new Arch Linux build to surface the Web. Arch Linux 2015.07.01 has been released earlier, and you can download it right now! Read more