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This is probably an absolute [gen|fun]too noob type question, but curiosity gets the best of me.


I've noticed these numerous 0-length hidden files in different directories in Funtoo.

I'm assuming there related to "baselayout" ebuild.


But what exactly is the purpose of these ".keep_sys-apps_baselayout-0" files?

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It's fine, do not remove them. baselayout ebuild installing system directories (like /var/  /var/lock, etc, for a complete list look inside ebuild) by using a keepdir. i.e /run created with keepdir /run. It tells portage to leave directories behind even if they are empty (or emptied). Other than that it's same as dodir ebuild function

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