Athena Dotfiles

"Dotfiles" is often used as a generic term for any configuration file. Typically these files are in the top level of your home directory, and begin with a dot ('.') as the first character (hence the name), which prevents them from showing up in directory listings unless the -a flag is passed to ls.

In the Athena environment, dotfiles largely refer to some specific dotfiles:

  • User-customizable dotfiles such as .bashrc.mine, .cshrc,mine, .bash_environment, .startup.tty, etc.
  • Stock dotfiles such as the Athena-provided .cshrc., .bashrc, .profile, etc.
  • System initialization files invoked by the stock dotfiles, which are largely found in /usr/lib/init