Explaining naming conventions in Linux: .d and *tab files

Posted on 2006-11-08
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What does ".d" in directories like init.d conf.d stand for?
Does "tab" in fstab or inittab stand for "table"?
What are some of the other naming conventions (besides the obvious .conf, .env) with interesting histories?

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what I know about .d it is from old days where people what to differetiate file from "d"irectory:-) So you can see that init.d is directory:-)) init is file:-)

no idea about "tab" thing !!!

hope this helps

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> What does ".d" in directories like init.d conf.d stand for?
Yes, it stands for directory of config files

> Does "tab" in fstab or inittab stand for "table"?
Yes. Full demangle os fstab is file systems table

> What are some of the other naming conventions (besides the obvious .conf, .env) with interesting histories?
Lot's of them - it's like with file extensions (3letter usually) under windows.
Files started with dot (like /etc/.pwd.lock) are considered hidden
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