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Old 12-27-2007
test and .test in same directory

i am using solaris 5.10. i can create two different files "test" and ".test" in the same directory. now suppose i want to change the attribute of the hidden file .test to visible is it possible???

since "." is just an attribute to mark a file hidden why is unix allows creation of "file" and ".file" in the same directory
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Old 12-27-2007
I dont think its an attribute ... but i might be wrong, file and .file are two different file really, the leading dot is part of the filename but interpreted so to hide the file with "normal ls'ting"
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Old 12-27-2007
thats exactly my question. if leading "." is interpreted has making the file hidden, why does unix allows to creating a "file" when ".file" is present.

conversely if suppose i have "file" and ".file" in my directory isnt there any way i can make ".file" visible without changing either of the file names
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Old 12-27-2007
sure there is, just type 'ls -a' you'll list both file and .file.
And you can access both files with same way with no special requirement for the dotted one ...
# 5  
Old 12-27-2007
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Originally Posted by andryk
sure there is, just type 'ls -a' you'll list both file and .file.
And you can access both files with same way with no special requirement for the dotted one ...

buddy ls -a is for viewing hidden files. my question is that is there any way we can make ".file" a normal visible file.. one u can see wid ls command
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Old 12-27-2007
okay dig that, but why would you want that? i cant think of anything except to hack the source of ls really (not kidding!) Smilie
# 7  
Old 12-27-2007
itz not abt "why i would want to do that", its about "why does it happen"... ever since i have started working on unix, i have been fascinated by itss simplicity and consistency... itz so unUNIX like, not allowing to do something that could be done......
anyways thanks for ur help

Its not about "why I would want to do that", its about "why does it happen"... Ever since I have started working on unix, I have been fascinated by its simplicity and consistency. Its so un-unix-like, not allowing to do something that could be done. Anyway, thanks for your help.

See rule 9 please.

Last edited by blowtorch; 12-28-2007 at 12:54 AM.. Reason: grammar

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