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What Does Readme Mean?

The readme file is a file that is attached to a software
program that contains critical or important information about that program. The readme file is, in a sense, a manual or instructional resource for that


Techopedia Explains Readme

Readme files can include specific instructions on
installation and use. They may also include important disclaimers and warnings
about what not to do during program execution. It is helpful to read a readme
file attached to a program, in the same way that manufacturers recommend reading
any manual attached to any consumer product, for example, an appliance. The
name or label “readme” is often seen as related to the labels “eat me” and “drink
me” attached to food and drink items in Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”


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