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This is a weird one. Nautilus suddenly stopped showing any files in the Desktop folder of my Windows 7 partition. It correctly shows files in all other folders. What's even stranger is that if I do

cd /windows/Users/myuser/Desktop
ls -l

from the terminal, all the files show, no problem.


Just noticed this part of the output of ls, I think this is the culprit:

drwxrwx--- 1 root plugdev 4096 2012-01-04 00:26 MyDirectory1
d????????? ? ?    ?          ?                ? MyDirectory2

I had copied 'MyDirectory2' from my Linux partition to Windows while running Ubuntu. I know linux NTFS support is not as good as the native Windows support, so may be something went wrong. I can't delete this file. Trying to delete it (with 'rm -r MyDirectory2') gives:

rm: cannot remove `MyDirectory2': Input/output error
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Maybe they are hidden, because of a leading . in the filename or a ~ at the end of the filename? Press CTRL+H in Nautilus to display also hidden files. – lumbric Jan 24 '12 at 19:21
Tried, but didn't help. – sashoalm Jan 25 '12 at 7:01
Did you start Windows meanwhile? Afaik Windows does a file system check during booting after Ubuntu used the partition. Maybe this can repair something. – lumbric Jan 25 '12 at 16:34
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When I've had this problem it turned out to be a permissions issue. Assuming your username on your system is satuon, you can change ownership of the files to your user with chown -R satuon /windows/Users/myuser/Desktop

You may need to use sudo (sudo chown -R satuon /windows/Users/myuser/Desktop) -- as with any command I'd encourage you to read man chown to understand what it does before you run it, especially as root.

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