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#1 2006-12-19 17:37:12

fluke
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What does "rc" mean?

What does "rc" in "rc.conf" or "rc.sysinit" mean? Does it means runlevel c?

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#2 2006-12-19 17:38:55

vacant
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Re: What does "rc" mean?

resource control

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#3 2006-12-19 18:04:31

fluke
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Re: What does "rc" mean?

I see. Thanks!

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#4 2006-12-19 18:41:09

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Re: What does "rc" mean?

RC    Run Commands (UNIX)
RC    Runtime Configuration (unix/linux configuration files)


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#5 2006-12-19 18:52:58

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Re: What does "rc" mean?

Really Cool

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#6 2006-12-19 19:36:49

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Re: What does "rc" mean?

From the original Jargon File: http://www.catb.org/jargon/oldversions/jarg310.txt

:rc file: /R-C fi:l/ n.  [UNIX: from `runcom files' on
   the {CTSS} system ca.1955, via the startup script
   `/etc/rc'] Script file containing startup instructions for an
   application program (or an entire operating system), usually a text
   file containing commands of the sort that might have been invoked
   manually once the system was running but are to be executed
   automatically each time the system starts up.  See also {dot
   file}, {profile} (sense 1).

If you not familiar with it, check out the link. It's a fun read, IMO.

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#7 2006-12-20 02:10:20

fluke
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Re: What does "rc" mean?

It seems that runtime command is more reasonable.

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#8 2006-12-20 04:48:23

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Re: What does "rc" mean?

Nobody really knows. The same two letters apper in Windows land too and only a choice few people even venture a guess. I personally like run commands. Lots of Windows literature seems to use it in reference to Win32 resources.

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#9 2006-12-20 05:27:16

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Re: What does "rc" mean?

ArcH

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#10 2006-12-20 13:05:41

Sekre
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Re: What does "rc" mean?

I've never thought about it always been simply "rc" for me, or "something that starts daemons" tongue

Nice to finally see what it stands for.
....but I like phrak's version the best wink

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#11 2006-12-20 21:16:53

rhfrommn
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Re: What does "rc" mean?

I believe it stands for "run control".  In Solaris, where you use /etc/rcX.d where X is your run level to store scripts that should be run when entering or exiting that level, they are specifically called "run control directories".

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#12 2006-12-20 21:31:58

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