Hidden file and hidden directory


In computing, a hidden folder (sometimes hidden directory) or hidden file is a folder or file which filesystem utilities do not display by default when showing a directory listing. They are commonly used for storing user preferences or preserving the state of a utility, and are frequently created implicitly by using various utilities. They are not a security mechanism because access is not restricted - usually the intent is simply to not "clutter" the display of the contents of a directory listing with files the user did not directly create.[1][2][3][4]

  1. ^ "What is a hidden file?", Microsoft.com
  2. ^ "Configuring X: What are all those dotfiles for anyway?". Linux Focus. March 1998. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  3. ^ "Sample .bashrc and .bash_profile Files". Linux Documentation Project.
  4. ^ Subodh Soni (2001-12-01). "Understanding Linux configuration files". IBM Developer. Retrieved 2019-04-26.

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