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Old 15th August 2008
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What for there are .cshrc and .profile files in a root "/" folder?
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Someone with a little more context/history may have a better explanation, but here's my guess.

First, notice that /.cshrc is hardlinked to /root/.cshrc.
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> ls -i /root/.cshrc /.cshrc
9 /.cshrc	9 /root/.cshrc
Now, imagine booting the system to single-user mode, where no filesystems other than / are mounted. I'd imagine (but I have not tested this) that /.cshrc will be executed (assuming csh is used as root's shell), so any nice customizations you've made in /root/.cshrc will still be there in single-user mode.

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/root is in the / filesystem, and the .cshrc will execute from whatever is the user's homedir in the passwd db (/root), so I don't see much benefit from having a copy of .cshrc in /
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As said by anomie, the files are used in single user mode... you have all the powers of root, but you're not exactly that user.. meaning, / is effectively your home directory.
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just to share a little bit of my experience - when added user with pw and forgot to specify home dir after login the user home dir is /
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