Martin v. Löwis wrote:

> I never considered it an extension. Ask 10 people around you to see
> what a leading dot on Unix in a file name means, and I would be
> suprised if more than one answered "it separates the file name from
> the extension". Most of them likely include "hidden file" in their
> answer, and the rest (of those who know anything about it) will
> say "dotfiles, not displayed by ls, and not included in globbing".

10 Unix programmers, perhaps.  Windows users may disagree; after all, the
Windows Explorer considers both



to be BAR files, and considers


to be an unnamed Python file.


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