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Why can't I list any of my UNIX files with names beginning with a dot?

The commands described below need to be entered while logged in to the Unix server.   Normally you'll see a prompt ending with $ when the command interpreter (or shell) is ready for another command.

Give the command

ls  -all

This shows 'all' files, including the hidden files, that is all files whose names start with a dot.

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Created by Andy Clews on 27 July 2001 and last updated by Andy Clews on 4 August 2015