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#1 2005-06-16 00:27:13

elasticdog
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What does RC stand for?

I see this all over the place, and am absolutely sure it's a stupid question, but what does the RC stand for that is used so much in Linux configuration files?

Remote Control?
Revised Code?
Resource Consumption?
Registered Counselor?
Red Cross?
Roman Catholic?
Retrosplenial Cortex?  big_smile

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#2 2005-06-16 00:30:54

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Re: What does RC stand for?

Usually, Release Candidate.

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#3 2005-06-16 00:31:06

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#4 2005-06-16 00:38:43

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Re: What does RC stand for?

i think he means in configuration - not versioning...
rc.conf
rc.d
vimrc
muttrc
screenrc

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#5 2005-06-16 00:47:44

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Re: What does RC stand for?

oooooooooh

so why didn't you tell him the answer, phrakture?:

Runtime Configuration.

(I think)

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#6 2005-06-16 00:49:22

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Re: What does RC stand for?

Dusty wrote:

oooooooooh

so why didn't you tell him the answer, phrakture?:

Runtime Configuration.

(I think)

i had no clue... runtime configuration sounds promising

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#7 2005-06-16 01:03:14

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Re: What does RC stand for?

It's my understanding that "rc" stands for run command, but I might be wrong.

Edit:  guess I should add that I'm thinking of the files that end with rc such as vimrc.


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#8 2005-06-16 01:51:05

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Re: What does RC stand for?

Ill go with "really confused" about what it really stands for lol


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#9 2005-06-16 02:00:13

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Re: What does RC stand for?

Runtime Config... that sounds about right... although "rc.conf" means Runtime Configuration Configuration... which is kinda... wierd.

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#10 2005-06-16 02:05:34

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Re: What does RC stand for?

you see that rc filename thing in windows sometimes too. not sure what it's supposed to mean (and it could be different).

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#11 2005-06-16 02:25:19

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Re: What does RC stand for?

my first contact with it was step.rc in litestep and I think it was runtime configuration then...

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#12 2005-06-16 04:04:09

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Re: What does RC stand for?

I've heard that its resource configuration.


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#13 2005-06-16 04:15:26

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Re: What does RC stand for?

LOL...not such a dumb question after all big_smile

I've asked my fellow Linux geeks at work, and tried the omnipotent Google, but to no avail...

What about "Run Commands"?  I think it goes back to the days of Unix, but I can't find any information that seems official.

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#14 2005-06-16 04:20:05

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Re: What does RC stand for?

Doh...ozar already said "Run Commands" (that's just what someone came up with at work).  He remembered that from vimrc as well, and an old newsgroup program which had a newsrc file.

EDIT: Finally found a few links: Jargon File and the Online Computing Dictionary

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#15 2005-06-16 07:10:27

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Re: What does RC stand for?

How about an acronym dictionary. There are a LOT of definitions there! Two of them were related to Unix -- Run Commands and Resource Configuration. I always thought of them as "resource files", which I suppose stemmed from resource configuration.

That site is really handy! It even had a reference to Guilty Gear, a Japanese fighting videogame series.

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#16 2005-06-16 08:31:55

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Re: What does RC stand for?

I would vote for redundant config. All things configured here could be configured in the proper place. A proper place is the genuine place where the developper would configure the things.


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#17 2005-06-16 11:17:49

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Re: What does RC stand for?

I always refered to it as run control ... on the other hand, I#m no native speaker smile

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#18 2005-06-16 14:32:55

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Re: What does RC stand for?

Pink Chick wrote:

A proper place is the genuine place where the developper would configure the things.

You mean in the sources?

Dusty

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#19 2005-06-16 15:07:16

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Re: What does RC stand for?

hah, so even the jargon file says "this is thought to be named for..."

no one knows... I'm going to go with "random config"

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#20 2005-06-16 15:14:17

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Re: What does RC stand for?

Dusty wrote:
Pink Chick wrote:

A proper place is the genuine place where the developper would configure the things.

You mean in the sources?

Dusty

yep. Otherwise, it shall be named fwain.


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#21 2005-06-17 02:25:51

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Re: What does RC stand for?

Hmm, is this just coincidence?  In a recent article, RC is the first one discussed.  In short,  Nigel McFarlane says RC stands for runcomm (run command).

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#22 2005-06-17 02:53:16

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Re: What does RC stand for?

According to "Learning the bash shell" from O'Reilly's series, rc stands for "run commands" and has its origins in old DEC OS.

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#23 2005-06-17 03:39:58

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Re: What does RC stand for?

FJ wrote:

Hmm, is this just coincidence?

Just good timing I guess...been wondering about it for a few weeks now  big_smile

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#24 2005-06-17 13:08:04

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Re: What does RC stand for?

royal crown soda ?

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#25 2009-09-18 16:25:06

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Re: What does RC stand for?

Actually rc stands for

runtime configuration.

the rc files configure what software (application) and services are configured to start at runtime, therefore:

runtime configuration

I admin though that rc.conf runtime configuration.conf sounds a bit strange.   yikes)


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