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8 Replies Latest reply: Nov 22, 2012 2:47 AM by Nir RSS

Delete Contents inside /root directory

Nir Newbie
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Hi Experts,

I'm newbie to Linux.

What will happen if contents inside /root directory has deleted ??

We have no applications databases installed under that.

The folders inside there--> Desktop and mbox.

Thank You
  • 1. Re: Delete Contents inside /root directory
    tbrinkmann Explorer
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    Re,
    no problem about that in the /root folder only root related (user) configuration located.

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  • 2. Re: Delete Contents inside /root directory
    Nir Newbie
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    Hi tbrinkmann,

    Thanks for your answer ...

    Then do we need to do any configurations for the root user after it got deleted??

    Thanks in advance
  • 3. Re: Delete Contents inside /root directory
    tbrinkmann Explorer
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    configurations for....desktops(e.g gnome) , ssh, bashrc, bash_history, bash_profiles
    ..downloads and desktop symbols.

    Nothing you need if you are not know you need it ;-)

    Default configurations of all this stuff are related to the stuff itself e.g gnome standard configuration is stored somewhere else it fits to all users. If you change something there it will saved to you user profile in /root

    With the bashrc you can define aliases or color structure for the bash e.g alias l='ls -la'

    hope that helps otherwise try google for /root .-/

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  • 4. Re: Delete Contents inside /root directory
    Dude! Guru
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    The /root directory is the home directory of the root user. It contains a few hidden files that are used to setup the root shell environment:

    <pre>
    ls -al
    total 76
    dr-xr-x---. 2 root root 4096 Aug 4 13:07 .
    dr-xr-xr-x. 25 root root 4096 Nov 20 11:26 ..
    -rw-------. 1 root root 1452 Aug 4 10:53 anaconda-ks.cfg
    -rw-------. 1 root root 3 Aug 4 13:07 .bash_history
    -rw-r--r--. 1 root root 18 Apr 30 2010 .bash_logout
    -rw-r--r--. 1 root root 176 Apr 30 2010 .bash_profile
    -rw-r--r--. 1 root root 176 Apr 30 2010 .bashrc
    -rw-r--r--. 1 root root 100 Apr 30 2010 .cshrc
    -rw-r--r--. 1 root root 26152 Aug 4 10:53 install.log
    -rw-r--r--. 1 root root 7345 Aug 4 10:52 install.log.syslog
    -rw-r--r--. 1 root root 129 Apr 30 2010 .tcshrc
    </pre>

    If you deleted them you can copy the default ones from the /etc/skel directory:

    <pre>
    cp -i /etc/skel/.bash* /root/
    </pre>

    Or reinstall them from the Linux distribution:

    <pre>
    yum reinstall rootfiles
    </pre>
  • 5. Re: Delete Contents inside /root directory
    Nir Newbie
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    Hi Dude,

    Those hidden files are still there. :)

    Thanks
  • 6. Re: Delete Contents inside /root directory
    Nir Newbie
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    Need to know some more infomation
  • 7. Re: Delete Contents inside /root directory
    Nir Newbie
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    Hi Dude,

    I was wrong..

    That anaconda-ks.cfg file is not there. and install.log, install.log.syslog (log files will not be issue... is it??)

    Do I need to copy that back before restarting the server??

    What are the things contain in that file (anaconda-ks.cfg)???

    Thank You
  • 8. Re: Delete Contents inside /root directory
    Dude! Guru
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    The anaconda-ks.cfg file is a Kickstart file that was automatically generated by the anaconda installation. Your server will function normally without any of these files you mentioned.

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