Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Gnome Do has a by default installed plugin which - when activated - offeres to search your computer. You can decide which directories to search and how deep.

However, you may not index too much since it would get slow then. This is why it would be very beneficial to hide hidden files and hidden directories (e.g. in the home folder).

There is an option in the default plug-in, which should allow to hide/show hidden files. But it's not working.

Is this a bug? What can I do to fix it? A re-install did not help.

I'd like to stay with Gnome Do since I can browse directores with it.

share|improve this question
up vote 2 down vote accepted

I presume you're talking about the Files and Folders plugin? By default that plugin does not index hidden files or directories - see this screenshot:

Files and Folders configuration pane

Maybe you have accidentally enabled that checkbox?

share|improve this answer
That does not make a difference in my case.:-( I guess it's a bug then? I'd better change it in the description. – user24668 Sep 11 '11 at 7:10

I found a solution to this while looking for an answer to disable the limit of maximum indexed files by gnome-do:

  1. Start the gconf-editor (if not installed: apt-get install gconf-editor)
  2. Go to /apps/gnome-do/preferences/Do/FilesAndFolders/FilesAndFoldersPreferences
  3. Uncheck the box IncludeHiddenFilesWhenBrowsing

That's it.

enter image description here

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.