In Linux (specifically), what's the difference between making files hidden by adding a "." before the name, or adding a "~" after the name. I know that both work for files, and that only the period (to my knowledge) works for folders.

Whenever I search it, I always see tutorials that use the "." method, but whenever I see hidden files on my computer, they always use the "~" method, but those are always backup files.

I previously asked this on Stack Overflow, but they recommended I ask here instead. I hope this is the correct place.


Matter of preference. name~ tend to be temporary or backup files like the ones vim will create while editing files, and .name tend to be config files like .htaccess or .vimrc. All file managers hide .name but only some hide name~.

  • Great! Thanks, this was exactly what I was looking for. (I will accept the answer as soon as stack exchange lets me) – Prime624 Apr 2 '14 at 15:53

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