Search With Windows Explorer Does Not Find File "hosts"




R. C. White

Hi, G.
...backronyms such as "Editable Text Configuration" or "Extended Tool
Don't think I ever heard the term "backronym" before, but it just might fit

As an accountant (long retired), not a techie of any kind, I never dealt
with Unix at all and haven't even looked at Linux, so all my knowledge about
those topics was picked up in conversations like this. Your reference to
the Bell Labs Unix documentation seems authoritative and (perhaps) closes
this discussion. Thanks for filling in a few more gaps for me.
Geeze... all this over a typo!
It's not really about the typo, although computers can be quite unforgiving
about them (as we all have learned from experience). But many
unsophisticated users - like me - will see ...\drivers\etc and will assume
that the writer has simply shortened the path by using "et cetera", because
the user does not realize that "etc" is actually the name of the folder, not
an abbreviation. Also, a search for the meaning of the name will just find
what I found: endless explanations of the meaning of "et cetera" with no
explanation that "etc" is actually the name of the folder. And the Hosts
file will be found at:


I think I'm done with this conversation now...etc. ;^}

R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
(e-mail address removed)
Microsoft Windows MVP (2002-2010)
Windows Live Mail 2012 (Build 16.4.3503.0728)) in Win8 (RTM Ent Eval)

"G. Morgan" wrote in message

R. C. White said:
Hi, Winston.

Thank you! But I'll probably forget and have to ask again some day. ;^}

Bing never heard of the phrase, "Extended Tool Chest", but Google found
nearly 20,000 hits.
On a Bing hit "Extended Tool Chest Linux":

Got this-

"Host-specific system-wide configuration files:

There has been controversy over the meaning of the name itself. In early
versions of the UNIX Implementation Document from Bell labs, /etc is
referred to as the etcetera directory, as this directory historically
held everything that did not belong elsewhere (however, the FHS
restricts /etc to static configuration files and may not contain
binaries). Since the publication of early documentation, the directory
name has been re-designated in various ways. Recent interpretations
include backronyms such as "Editable Text Configuration" or "Extended
Tool Chest"

Geeze... all this over a typo!

Gene E. Bloch

That's a backronym, /etc *is* an abbreviation for 'et cetera', just like
/bin is an abbrevoation of 'binary' and /lib is an abbreviation for
That's exactly what I believe, but I'm really posting to thank you for
the word backronym.

I *think* I've heard it before, but I wouldn't bet much money on that.
In any case, this time I'm planning to remember it :)

Ken Springer

RC, I'm almost sure that it *does* stand for "et cetera," in the sense
that it's something else besides the other files in System32.

World English Dictionary

—abbreviation for
et cetera

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009


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G. Morgan

Hello R. C.,
Don't think I ever heard the term "backronym" before, but it just might fit
I had not heard that term before either. Learn something new every day!




"Dave-UK" wrote in message The only reference I could find about Applications settings is this:
'Windows - Some of Windows' own applications contain lists of
recently-used documents. Examples are Paint and Wordpad.'
CCleaner removes the following 'Search related file'
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows\MSS*.log file
- easily verified by enabling the Windows Search item on the CCleaner Application tab then running CCleaner in 'Analyze' mode.

One can navigate in Windows Explorer to the above folder/file (though Windows may solicit a 'Continue' prompt to access that
- Notepad which can open *.log files may have some difficulty opening the file due to the content thus WordPad or other text editor
might be a more appropriate choice.

Keep in mind that the log file will be a composite of many things that the Windows Search Index tracks and its content not easily
- i.e. don't expect a standard text file and common ASCII characters

Clearing (CClean-ing) the MSS*.log file will null out the MRU list for Windows Search.


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