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Re: Setting default $PATH for all users




On 2019-02-11, Greg Wooledge <wooledg@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 05:26:34PM -0000, Curt wrote:
>> I follow your logic. Give me everything in /etc/skel/ beginning with a dot.
>> Which works. But apparently a dot is also something else. Like a directory.
>> 
>> curty@einstein:~$ ls /etc/skel/.*
>> /etc/skel/.bash_logout  /etc/skel/.bashrc  /etc/skel/.profile
>> 
>> /etc/skel/.:
>> 
>> /etc/skel/..:
>> 
>> (etc.--the contents of /etc/
>> 
>> I'm not sure what it all means.
>
> The shell glob .* expands to everything in the current directory that
> begins with a dot.  Which includes "." and "..".
>
> "." is the current directory.  ".." is the parent directory.  E.g. when
> you type "cd .." it moves you "up" to the parent directory.
>
> Asking ls to show you .* is usually a bad idea, precisely because it
> expands to a list which includes . and .. and does exactly what you
> just described.
>
> This is why the ls command has -a and -A options.
>
>

Thank you. That all makes perfect sense.