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What are the frequently used configuration files in linux/unix?

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Can you list what are the frequently used configuration files in Linux/Unix/networking.

Its purpose and location/name in brief?
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by:omarfarid
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your question is general and answer is that it depends on you as system administrator.

It could be

/etc/hosts
/etc/group
/etc/passwd
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by:jaisonshereen
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what is ifconf-eth0.conf  and ifconf-eth1.conf what is its use ?

i seen below entries :

Gateway ,network, broadcast ...and so on... is this custom entries or inbuilt one?
 
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by:omarfarid
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which system are you using? From what you showed, it looks like configuration info for ethernet interfaces.
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by:jaisonshereen
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unix system i am using ..yes it is configuration of ethernet interface ..is it default in linux machines ?

what are the listing inside and why it is used?

what is eth0 and eth1 ? what the propose of this interface ?
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by:Rance_Hall
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different linux distros use different configuration files to do things like setup networking etc.  so somethings are not common accross linuxes

the ones that are are things like

/etc/fstab - lists file systems automatically mounted at startup
/etc/group and /etc/passwd - manages user accounts/group settings
/etc/hosts - part of your networking core
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Id recommend you get a good book on unix/linux and it will help you through some of what you are asking.
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by:Rance_Hall
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eth0 is your first ethernet device, eth1 your second, etc.
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by:jaisonshereen
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btb... what is an ethernet device ? :-)

is this a thing for networking?
or is this the only thing?
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ethernet device is the name for ethernet card or NIC that connects the computer to ethernet network. Ethernet is a networking protocol by which computers communicate over local network.

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-ethernet.htm
http://searchnetworking.techtarget.com/sDefinition/0,,sid7_gci212080,00.html
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by:Tintin
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jaisonshereen, please be aware that configuration files differ greatly between Linux distros and Unix flavours.

There's only a handful of configuration files that you'd find common across all Linux/Unix systems.
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by:jaisonshereen
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Is there anything other than ethernet and that is popular?
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by:jaisonshereen
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what is the difference between tcp and ethernet?
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by:omarfarid
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if you are familiar with the 7 layers OSI networking model, then ethernet is in layer 2 and tcp is in layer 4 transport.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OSI_model
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tcp/ip_model
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by:Tintin
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>Is there anything other than ethernet and that is popular?

This question doesn't make much sense to me.  In the olden days of networking, Token Ring was popular, but Ethernet became the defacto-standard.
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