SSH Confusion -- Question

Brian Fox bfox at
Fri Oct 26 02:20:08 CEST 2007

Here's a unix cheat sheet for shell commands: 

Here's a comprehensive reference card for (essentially) all of bash,  
the standard linux shell

Finally, I highly recommend the wiki:  http://


Brian "got my moko, missing my mojo" Fox

On Oct 25, 2007, at 5:05 PM, Jeff Andros wrote:

> On 10/25/07, 7150 <linux.1 at > wrote:
> <snip>
> My question is, what does the tilde mean in the filename: ~/.ssh/ 
> config
> <snip>
> in most *nix'es, "~" refers to the current user's home directory,  
> "~joe" refers to a user name "joe"'s home directory
> normally ~/.<something> refers to a user configuration directory  
> (for instance, if you use pidgin, you have a ~/.purple directory  
> where the settings for that application are kept so in this case  
> ~/.ssh refers to the settings directory for your ssh client, and  
> ~/.ssh/config refers to the config file therein
> if you're curious to find out where that is located, use "cd ~" if  
> you don't have your prompt set to show you the directory you're in,  
> you can use "pwd" to see
> on a related note, since we're probably going to have a lot of  
> people coming in to this that are new to linux, does anyone know  
> where there's a nice intro to shell commands tutorial we can  
> reference?
> -- 
> Jeff
> O|||||||O

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