Every Linux A program is an executable file , It contains a list of opcodes ,CPU These opcodes are executed to perform specific operations . for example ,ls The order is made by /bin/ls The document provides , This file contains a list of machine instructions , You need to use these machine instructions to display a list of files in the current directory on the screen . Almost every program's behavior can be customized to your preferences or needs by modifying its configuration file .

Linux Is there a standard configuration file format in ?

In a word , No, . Not familiar with Linux Users of ( A certain ) You'll feel depressed , Because every profile looks like a new challenge to meet . stay Linux in , Every programmer is free to choose his or her preferred configuration file format . There are many formats to choose from , from /etc/shells file ( It contains... Separated by a newline character shell A list of ), To Apache Complicated /etc/httpd.conf file .

What is a system profile ?

The kernel itself can also be seen as a “ Program ”. Why does the kernel need configuration files ? The kernel needs to know the list of users and groups in the system , And then manage file permissions ( That is, according to the authority to determine a specific user (UNIX_USERS) Whether a file can be opened ). Be careful , These files are not explicitly read by the program , It is read by a function provided by the system library , And used by the kernel . for example , The program needs someone's ( Encrypted ) Password should not be opened /etc/passwd file . contrary , The program should call the getpw() function . This function is also called a system call . open /etc/passwd The file and the password of the user who is asked to find it later are created by the kernel ( Through the system library ) Decisive .

Unless otherwise specified ,Red Hat Linux Most of the configuration files in the system are in the /etc Directory . Configuration files can be roughly divided into the following categories :

access files

/etc/host.conf Tell the network domain name server how to find the host name .( Usually /etc/hosts, Then there is the name server ; It can be done by netconf Change it )
/etc/hosts contain ( In the local network ) A list of known hosts . If the system IP Not dynamically generated , You can use it . For simple hostname resolution ( Point representation ), In the request DNS or NIS Before network name server ,/etc/hosts.conf You usually tell the parser to look here first .
/etc/hosts.allow see also hosts_access Online help page for . At least by tcpd Read .
/etc/hosts.deny see also hosts_access Online help page for . At least by tcpd Read .

Boot and login / Cancellation

/etc/issue & /etc/ These documents are made up of mingetty( And similar procedures ) Read , Used to send data to the slave terminal (issue) Or through telnet conversation ( The connected user displays a “welcome” character string . They include several lines of statements Red Hat Version number 、 Name and kernel ID Information about . They are created by rc.local Use .
/etc/redhat-release Include a line statement Red Hat Version number and name information . from rc.local Use .
/etc/rc.d/rc Typically runs at all run levels , The level is passed as a parameter . for example , To create a graph (Graphics) Pattern (X-Server) Guide the machine , Please run the following command on the command line : init 5 . Operation level 5 Indicates that the system is booted in graphical mode .
/etc/rc.d/rc.local Informal . It can be downloaded from rc、rc.sysinit or /etc/inittab call .
/etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit Usually the first script at all run levels .
/etc/rc.d/rc/rcX.d from rc Running script ( X Express 1 To 5 Any number between ). These directories are specific “ Operation level ” The catalog of . When the system starts , It identifies the run level to start , Then invoke all the boot scripts that exist in the specific directory of the runlevel. . for example , When the system starts, it is usually displayed after the boot message “entering run-level 3” The news of ; It means /etc/rc.d/rc3.d/ All initialization scripts in the directory will be called .

file system

The kernel provides an interface , Used to display some of its data structures , These data structures are important for determining such as the use of interrupts 、 System parameters such as initialized device and memory statistics can be useful . This interface is provided as a stand-alone but virtual file system , be called /proc file system . Many system utilities use values that exist in this file system to display system statistics . for example ,/proc/modules The file enumerates the modules currently loaded in the system .lsmod Command to read this information , And then display it in a format that people can understand . As specified in the table below mtab The file reads the file containing the currently installed file system in the same way /proc/mount file .

/etc/mtab This will follow /proc/mount The document changes and keeps changing . let me put it another way , When the file system is installed and uninstalled , Changes are immediately reflected in this file .
/etc/fstab List the current status of the computer “ Can install ” File system . It's very important , Because the computer will run at boot time mount -a command , This command is responsible for the installation fstab In the penultimate column of the “1” Every file system marked .
/etc/mtools.conf DOS All operations on a file system of type ( Create directory 、 Copy 、 Format and so on ) Configuration of .

System management

/etc/group Contains a valid group name and the users included in the specified group . If a single user performs multiple tasks , Can exist in multiple groups . for example , If one “ user ” yes “project 1” Members of the engineering team , Also an administrator , So in group His entry in the file would look like this : user: * : group-id : project1
/etc/nologin If there is /etc/nologin File exists ,login(1) Will only be allowed root Users access . It will display the contents of this file to other users and deny them login .
etc/passwd see also “man passwd”. It contains some user account information , Include password ( If not by shadow The program has been encrypted ).
/etc/rpmrc rpm Command configuration . be-all rpm Command line options can be set together in this file , such , When anything rpm When the command runs in the system , All options are global .
/etc/securetty Include device name , from tty Line composition ( One name per line , Not including the front ones /dev/),root Users are allowed to log in here .
Contains encrypted user account password information , It can also include password aging information . The fields included are :
  • Login name
  • Encrypted password
  • from 1970 year 1 month 1 Day to the last time the password was changed
  • The number of days before the password can be changed
  • Days before password must be changed
  • The number of days a user is warned before the password expires
  • The number of days the account is disabled after the password expires
  • from 1970 year 1 month 1 The number of days the account is disabled
/etc/shells Contains the possible “shell” A list of .
/etc/motd Daily News ; When the administrator wants to Linux Used when all users of the server communicate a message .

Connected to the Internet

/etc/gated.conf gated Configuration of . Can only be gated Used by the daemons .
/etc/gated.version contain gated The version number of the daemons .
/etc/gateway from routed The daemons use the .
/etc/networks List the network names and addresses that can be accessed from the network to which the machine is connected . Using routing commands . Allow network name .
/etc/protocols List the currently available protocols . see also NAG( Network administrator's Guide ,Network Administrators Guide) And online help pages . C Interface is getprotoent. It must not be changed .
/etc/resolv.conf Request in program “ analysis ” One IP Address tells the kernel which name server to query .
/etc/rpc contain RPC Instructions / The rules , These instructions / Rules can be found in NFS call 、 Remote file system installation, etc .
/etc/exports File system to export (NFS) And access to it .
/etc/services Convert network service name to port number / agreement . from inetd、telnet、tcpdump And some other programs . Somewhat C access routine .
/etc/inetd.conf inetd Configuration file for . see also inetd Online help page . Contains an entry for each network service ,inetd Daemons or other services must be controlled for these network services . Be careful , The service will run , But in /etc/services They were annotated out , In this way, even if these services are running, they will not be available . The format is :<service_name> <sock_type> <proto> <flags> <user> <server_path> <args>
/etc/ Mail program sendmail Configuration file for . More obscure , It's hard to understand. .
/etc/sysconfig/network Pointed out that NETWORKING=yes or no. At least by rc.sysinit Read .
/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/if* Red Hat Network configuration script .

System commands

The system command should control the system exclusively , And make it work . All as login( Complete the console user authentication phase ) or bash( Provides interaction between users and computers ) Programs like this are system commands . therefore , Documents related to them are also particularly important . In this category are the following files of interest to users and administrators .

/etc/lilo.conf Contains the default boot command line parameters for the system , There are also different images used at startup . You are in LILO Press the Tab Key to see the list .
/etc/logrotate.conf maintain /var/log Log files in directory .
/etc/identd.conf identd It's a server , It follows RFC 1413 Document in the specified way TCP/IP Proposed criteria IDENT User identification protocol .identd The operation principle of is to find a specific object TCP/IP Connect and return the user name of the process that owns the connection . As an option , It can also return other information , Not the username . see also identd Online help page .
/etc/ “ Dynamic link program ”(Dynamic Linker) Configuration of .
/etc/inittab In terms of age , This is a UNIX First profile in . At one UNIX The first program to start after the machine is turned on is init, It knows what to start , This is because inittab The existence of . When the run level changes ,init Read inittab, Then control the start of the main process .
/etc/termcap A database , Contains all possible terminal types and the performance of these terminals .


A daemon is a program that runs in non interactive mode . Generally speaking , The task of the daemons is related to the networking area : They wait to connect , In order to provide services through the connection .Linux You can use from Web Server to ftp There are many daemons on the server .

/etc/syslogd.conf syslogd Configuration files for Daemons .syslogd It's a kind of daemon , It is responsible for recording ( Write to disk ) Messages sent to the system from other programs . This service is especially used by some daemons , There is no other way for these daemons to signal a possible problem or send a message to the user .
/etc/httpd.conf Web The server Apache Configuration file for . This file is usually not available /etc in . It may be in /usr/local/httpd/conf/ or /etc/httpd/conf/ in , But make sure it's located , You also need to check the specific Apache Installation information .
/etc/conf.modules or /etc/modules.conf kerneld Configuration file for . What's interesting is that ,kerneld Not at all “ As a daemon ” kernel . It's actually a way of being responsible when needed “ Fast ” Daemons for loading additional kernel modules .

User programs

stay Linux( And general UNIX) in , There are countless “ user ” Program . The most common type of user program configuration file is /etc/lynx.cfg. This is the famous text browser lynx Configuration file for . Through this document , You can define a proxy server 、 The character set to use, etc . The following code sample shows lynx.cfg Part of the document , You can change this part of the code Linux Proxy server settings of the system . By default , These settings apply in the respective shell Run in lynx All users of , Unless specified by a user --cfg = "mylynx.cfg" The default configuration file is reset .

/etc/lynx.cfg Proxy settings in






























.h1 proxy







# Lynx version 2.2 and beyond supports the use of proxy servers that can act as

# firewall gateways and caching servers. They are preferable to the older

# gateway servers. Each protocol used by Lynx can be mapped separately using

# PROTOCOL_proxy environment variables (see Lynx Users Guide). If you have

# not set them externally, you can set them at run time via this configuration file.

# They will not override external settings. The no_proxy variable can be used

# to inhibit proxying to selected regions of the Web (see below). Note that on

# VMS these proxy variables are set as process logicals rather than symbols, to

# preserve lowercasing, and will outlive the Lynx image.


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# The no_proxy variable can be a comma-separated list of strings defining

# no-proxy zones in the DNS domain name space.  If a tail substring of the

# domain-path for a host matches one of these strings, transactions with that

# node will not be proxied.

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Changing configuration files

When changing the configuration file , If the program is not controlled by the system administrator or kernel , Make sure to restart the program that used this configuration . Ordinary users usually do not start or stop system programs and programs / Or the permissions of the daemons .


Changing the configuration file in the kernel immediately affects the system . for example , change passwd File to add a user will immediately make that user available . And anything Linux Systematic /proc/sys There are some kernel tunable parameters in the directory . Only the superuser can get write access to all of these files ; Other users only have read-only access . How and how the files in this directory are classified Linux Kernel source code is classified in the same way . Each file in this directory represents a kernel data structure , These data structures can be modified dynamically , So as to change the system performance .

Be careful : Before changing any value of any of these files , You should make sure you have a thorough understanding of the document , To avoid irreparable damage to the system .
/proc/sys/kernel/ Files in directory

file name describe
threads-max The maximum number of tasks that the kernel can run .
ctrl-alt-del If the value is 1, Then pressing these keys in sequence will “ Thoroughly ” Reboot the system .
sysrq If the value is 1,Alt-SysRq Is active .
osrelease Displays the release version number of the operating system
ostype Displays the type of operating system .
hostname Host name of the system .
domainname Network domain , The system is part of the network domain .
modprobe Appoint modprobe Should the required modules be automatically run and loaded at startup .

Daemons and system programs

Daemons always run in the background , It carries out its mission in silence . Common daemons are in.ftpd(ftp Server daemons )、in.telnetd(telnet Server daemons ) and syslogd( System logging Daemons ). Some daemons monitor configuration files closely at run time , The configuration file is automatically reloaded when it changes . However, most daemons do not automatically reload the configuration file . We need to do it in some way “ tell ” These daemons configuration files have been changed and should be reloaded . You can do this by using the service command to restart the service ( stay Red Hat Linux On the system ).

for example , If we change the network configuration , It needs to be sent out :
service network restart .

Be careful : The most common of these services are /etc/rc.d/init.d/* Scripts that exist in the directory , When the system is booted by init start-up . therefore , You can also restart the service by doing the following :
/etc/rc.d/init.d/<script-for-the-service> start | stop | status
start、stop and status Is the input value that these scripts accept , Used to perform operations .

User programs

Users or system programs read their configuration files every time they start . For all that , please remember , Some system programs are not the same when the computer is turned on , Their behavior depends on the /etc/ Content read in the configuration file in . therefore , The first time a user program starts, it starts from /etc/ The default configuration for reading files that exist in the directory . then , Users can use the rc and .( spot ) File to customize the program , As shown in the following section .

User profile :.( spot ) Document and rc file

We've seen how to easily configure programs . But if someone doesn't like to be in the /etc/ How to configure the program in ?“ Ordinary ” Users cannot simply enter /etc Then change the configuration file ; From a file system perspective , The owner of the configuration file is root user ! That's why most user programs define two profiles : The first is “ System ” Grade , be located /etc/; The other belongs to the user “ special ”, It can be found in his or her home directory .

for example , I've installed very useful software on my system wget Utilities ./etc/ There is one of them. /etc/wgetrc file . In my home directory , There is one named .wgetrc The file of , It describes my customized configuration ( Only in me , That is, the user runs wget On command , This configuration file will be loaded ). Other users are in their own home directory (/home/other) There can be .wgetrc file ; Of course , Only these users are running wget On command , To read this file . let me put it another way ,/etc/wgetrc File for wget Provides “ default ” value , and /home/xxx/.wgetrc The file lists a user's “ Custom items ”. The important thing is that it's just “ General rules ”, This is not always the case . for example , An elephant pine The same procedure , stay /etc/ There are no files in the database , It has only one custom configuration file in the user's home directory , be known as .pinerc. Other programs may only have /etc/ Default profile in , And users may not be allowed “ customized ” These profiles (/etc There are only a few in the catalog config. This is the case ).

Commonly used rc and .( spot ) file

file name describe
~/.bash_login Please refer to “man bash”. If ~/.bash_profile non-existent ,bash Will ~/.bash_login As ~/.bash_profile Handle .
~/.bash_logout Please refer to “man bash”. On exit by bash Sign in shell quote .
~/.bash_profile from bash Sign in shell quote /etc/profile Reference after .
~/.bash_history List of previously executed commands .
~/.bashrc Please refer to “man bash”. from bash Non login interactive shell quote ( There are no other documents ). Unless set BASH_ENV or ENV, Non interactive shell Do not reference any files .
~/.emacs Start time by emac Read .
~/.forward If you include an email address here , So all of them are sent to ~ The owner's email will be forwarded to this email address .
~/.fvwmrc ~/.fvwm2rc fvwm and fvwm2( Basic X Window Manager ) Configuration file for .
~/.hushlogin Please refer to “man login”. cause “ No prompting ” Sign in ( No email notification 、 Last login information or MOD Information ).
~/.mail.rc User initialization file for mail program .
~/.ncftp/ ncftp Directory of programs ; Include bookmarks 、 journal 、 macro 、 Preferences and tracking information . see also man ncftp.ncftp The purpose of is to establish a standard file transfer protocol for the Internet (Internet standard File Transfer Protocol) Provides a powerful and flexible interface . It is designed to replace the standard software used by the system ftp Program .
~/.profile Please refer to “man bash”. If ~/.bash_profile and ~/.bash_login file does not exist ,bash Will ~/.profile As ~/.bash_profile Handle , And inherited by others Bourn Of shell Use .
~/.pinerc Pine To configure
~/.muttrc Mutt To configure
~/.exrc This file can be controlled vi Configuration of .
Example :set ai sm ruler
Writing the above line in this file will cause vi Set auto indent 、 Match bracket 、 Display line numbers and lines - List these options .
~/.vimrc Default “Vim” The configuration file . and .exrc equally .
~/.gtkrc GNOME tool kit (GNOME Toolkit).
~/.kderc KDE To configure .
~/.netrc ftp Default login name and password .
~/.rhosts from r- Tools ( Such as rsh、rlogin wait ) Use . Because it's easy to impersonate the host , So the security is very low .
  1. It must be done by the user (~/ Owner ) Or super user owned .
  2. List some hosts , Users can access the account from these hosts .
  3. If it is a symbolic link, it is ignored .
~/.rpmrc see also “man rpm”. If /etc/rpmrc If it doesn't exist, it's up to you rpm Read .
~/.signature Message text , Will be automatically attached to the end of messages sent from this account .
~/.twmrc twm( The Window Manager) Configuration file for .
~/.xinitrc Start time by X Read ( Rather than by xinit Script read ). It usually starts some programs .
Example :exec /usr/sbin/startkde
If the above line exists in the file , Then send it from this account startx On command , This line will start “KDE Window Manager ”(KDE Window Manager).
~/.xmodmaprc This file is transferred to xmodmap Program , And it can be named any file ( for example ~/.Xmodmap and ~/
~/.xserverrc If xinit You can find the X,xinit The file will be used as X Server running .
~/News/Sent-Message-IDs gnus Default message history file for .
~/.Xauthority from xdm Program read and write , To process permissions . see also X、xdm and xauth Online help page .
~/.Xdefaults, ~/.Xdefaults-hostname Host computer hostname During the start-up of X Application read . If you can't find it -hostname file , Search for .Xdefaults file .
~/.Xmodmap Point to .xmodmaprc;Red Hat There are people who use this name .xinitrc file .
~/.Xresources It's usually delivered to xrdb To load X The name of the file for the resource database , The purpose is to avoid the application needing to read a long .Xdefaults File such a situation .( Some cases have been used ~/.Xres.)
~/mbox User's old mail .