file permissions

Amadeus W.M. amadeus84 at
Wed Jul 15 02:22:09 UTC 2009

Looking at file permissions, I see there is a . at the end of the 
permissions. As in 

[root at phoenix ~]# ls -l somefile 
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 0 2009-07-14 22:20 somefile


That's new to me. What does it mean? Where is it documented? 

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