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 for rc file
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  rc file
   /R?C fi:l/, n.
  
      [Unix: from runcom files on the CTSS system 1962-63, via the startup
      script /etc/rc] Script file containing startup instructions for an
      application program (or an entire operating system), usually a text file
      containing commands of the sort that might have been invoked manually once
      the system was running but are to be executed automatically each time the
      system starts up. See also dot file, profile (sense 1).
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  rc file
  
     /R C fi:l/ [Unix: from the startup script "/etc/rc", but this
     is commonly believed to have been named after older scripts to
     "run commands"] Script file containing startup instructions
     for an application program (or an entire operating system),
     usually a text file containing commands of the sort that might
     have been invoked manually once the system was running but are
     to be executed automatically each time the system starts up.
     See also dot file, profile (sense 1).
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

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