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Previous: A. Linux Directory Tree Appendix B Next: C. The Debian Package Management Utilities
 

B. Principal Linux Files

Table B.1 describes the principal Linux files. You can use it, for example, to help you locate configuration files quickly.


Table B.1: Principal Linux Files

File

Description

/boot/vmlinuz*

Linux kernel

/etc/smb.conf

Configuration of smb (Samba) daemon

/etc/smbpasswd

Account information for Samba users

/etc/apache/access.conf

Web server configuration file

/etc/apache/apache.conf

Web server configuration file

/etc/apache/srm.conf

Web server configuration file

/etc/conf.modules

Aliases and options for loadable kernel modules

/etc/fstab

Filesystems mounted or available for mounting

/etc/group

Group information

/etc/hosts

Map of IP numbers to hostnames

/etc/hosts.allow

Hosts allowed to access Internet services

/etc/hosts.deny

Hosts forbidden to access Internet services

/etc/inetd.conf

Configuration for the inetd daemon, which controls access to Internet services

/etc/inittab

Configuration for the init daemon, which controls executing processes

/etc/issue

Linux kernel and distribution version

/etc/lilo.conf

Loader ( lilo) configuration file

/etc/login.defs

Options for useradd and related commands

/etc/minicom.users

Userids allowed to use minicom

/etc/mtab

Mounted filesystems

/etc/passwd

User account information

/etc/printcap

Printer options and capabilities

/etc/profile

Default environment for users of BASH shell

/etc/rc*.d

Scripts for system and process startup and shutdown

/etc/rc.boot

Scripts for system boot

/etc/shadow

Secure user account information

/etc/skel

Skeleton files used to establish new user accounts

/etc/terminfo

Terminal capabilities and options

/etc/X11/XF86Config

X configuration file

/var/log/apache/access.log

Log of web server access

/var/log/apache/error.log

Log of web server errors

/var/log/messages

System log

/var/spool/cron

Directory for at and cron configuration files


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