Readme

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An extra text file distributed with important information about a file or program. This extra file has been distributed since the beginning of computers and distribution.

Some Readme variations include:

  • README
  • readme.txt
  • readme.1st

Another files that is often distributed with software is FILE_ID.DIZ, which is used as a short description for BBSes to display beside the archive filename. All lines are max. 45 characters wide.

"NFO" files (short for "information") are often added by the warez or hacking groups distributing the file to advertize their services or give some hints on how to bypass the copy protection of the software.

Other files

  • COPYING is a file that must be included with every GPL-licensed program - it contains the entire GPL.
  • SETUP and INSTALL are often included with other GPL and open source programs as the description of how to install the program.