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Unix and Linux: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fourth Edition by Eric J. Ray, Deborah S. Ray

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Appendix B. What’s What and What’s Where

As you’re using Unix, you’ll undoubtedly encounter files that look important or directories that look interesting, but it’s often hard to know what files belong to which programs, and even harder to figure out what some directories are for. Therefore, we’re trying to help out a little with the information in this appendix.

Table B.1 lists important Unix files and directories.

Table B.1. Key Files in Your Unix Environment

File Name

Description

~/.forward

Includes address(es) to forward mail to or redirects mail to a vacation program or to procmail.

~/.newsrc

Includes records of read, unread, and subscribed newsgroups for use by news readers.

~/.procmailrc

Includes configuration information for procmail.

~/.pinerc

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