[CentOS] mkdir this "." directory

Tue Dec 29 17:05:53 UTC 2009
Bob McConnell <rmcconne at lightlink.com>

Timo Schoeler wrote:
> Marko Vojinovic wrote:
>> On Tuesday 29 December 2009 14:46:23 Anne Wilson wrote:
>>> On Tuesday 29 December 2009 13:59:43 Ugo Bellavance wrote:
>>>> On 2009-12-28 18:49, adrian kok wrote:
>>>>> Hi
>>>>> I have this . folder under tmp
>>>> It is a system-generated link to the current directory.  Don't touch
>>>> that.
>>> Thank heavens there's one sane person reading today.  Obviously no-one else
>>> here was ever new to Linux.
>> You mean new to the concept of files and directories? This is not Linux-only. 
>> The . and .. existed even in MS-DOS back in the 80's. And they still exist, 
>> actually. The problem is that today people working under Windows [7|Vista|XP] 
>> never get to open a terminal anymore, and various GUI's play smart with them 
>> and don't show the links to current and parent directories.
> Sure, but: Nobody's guilty *not* to have seen this stuff in her/his
> whole life just because she/he never looked at it. There may be multiple
> reasons for that, one of them may be a simple 'I was born in 1996 and
> never had the chance to work with CP/M'. ;)

Never say "never". You still have the opportunity to work with CP/M, 
either with custom built hardware or any of a number of good simulators 
currently available on Source Forge. There is still an active Usenet 
newsgroup on the topic (comp.os.cpm), with hardware being designed and 
new kits being sold. Almost all of the source code is now available at 

Bob McConnell