A component of a Unix filesystem which contains other items, to organise the filesystem

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“Network Servers” folder mysteriously appeared on desktop, and cannot re-hide it?

The "Network Servers" folder somehow ended up on my desktop, and I can't re-hide it, or otherwise remove it from the desktop area. There is likely a simple solution, but I don't know what it is. I ...
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How do I get Caja on Lubuntu to show customized desktop shortcuts?

I need the ability to create a number of desktop folders/folder shortcuts and differentiate them by color or customized icon. This is what I've done in Windows for years. I'm trying to replicate ...
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Where to install programs

I understand that I have the /computer/usr/share path as well as the /computer/opt path. I noticed sometimes, like with programs such as Google Chrome and Teamviewer, they automatically installed ...
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When I create a folder in ~/ starting with a period, where is is located?

I'm told to make a folder and put a file into it, and the instructions read like this: ~/.foldername So foldername is the folder I'm creating and the directory that they tell me to place it in is ...
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ubuntu-make didn't install in specified location

I installed Android Studio using umake android. It asked for a location to install it in. After the installation the location is empty. (I'm sure I'm at the correct directory) How do I fix this? How ...
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How can I easily cd into a flash drive from cli?

Right now I am accessing all of my files from my native directories. However, I want to also use a flash drive for extra storage. In that case, what would my terminal command be to access my flash ...
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How do I create a folder for special downloads

I am 70 years old and brand new to Ubuntu. I am currently running v16.04. I want to download music scores to a folder that is dedicated to that type of file. Please, how do I do this? Please keep ...
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How to stop a file or folder from being indexed in GNOME?

I am running Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 with GNOME 3.18, and I would like to know if I can do any of the following and if so how: Make it so that a folder is not indexed but leave its contents indexable (so ...
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Invert directory structure

I made a horrible error in a very long-running computation. One part of the computation stores result files in a directory structure like so: path/to/first/[A,B,C,D]/[1,2,3,4,5]/outfiles And ...
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Unable to delete a folder, it keeps recreating itself

Ubuntu 15.10. I was attempting to get the webcam application "Cheese" to work. Some of the proposed solutions involved deleting a folder in my home directory: ~/.cache/gstreamer-1.0. However, ...
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Prevent folder deletion for the owner of a folder

Let's assume that I have a webhosting server running on my ubuntu 13.04 system. For each customer I get that wants to host a website on my server I create a user and add it to a group called ...
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Delete folders that match name in different path

I have 2 folders in this situation, /ParentFolder/FolderName/Files.mp4 and /Mount/FolderName/Files.mp4. In essence anything in /ParentFolder needs to replace any folders with the same name in /mount. ...
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Copy/move a list of files to a directory while maintaining directory structure

I have Ubuntu 14.04 os installed in my system. Now I need to create a script for copying/moving a list of files and directories of a Magento module to another main parent folder along with ...
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How do I show a directory tree in the GUI

New to Ubuntu. Just installed V.16 + updates. In Windows 10 the left hand pane of the directory view can show a tree the relationship between various folders. I find this useful. Does the same ...
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How to move a btsync folder

I am running BTSync 2.0.93 on Ubuntu 14.04.1 Server. I initially configured a folder on a drive that is becoming full and need to move the folder to a different drive. The folder is shared via BTSync ...
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Change Home Directory location

Just installed a ssd drive with 16.04 how can i point Ubuntu to the old drive for home folder with all my files?
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Removing a directory

I would like to know when to use rmdir and when do we use rm -rf while removing a directory. Also is it compulsory to mention the directory path while removing it?
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How do I change directories from the command line?

I'm try to change to my Desktop directory from the terminal. Running cd /home/desktop Gives an error in the terminal saying no directory found. What am I doing wrong?
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Remove leading whitespace from files, folders and their subfolders

I came up with this, but unfortunately it doesnt affect any files/folders in subfolders. find . -exec rename "s/^\s+//" {} \; Folder structure: foo |-- \ bar `-- \ foo1 |-- \ bar1 `-- \ ...
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“cp” is not working

I am a newcomer in Linux. I tried to copy a file into another directory but it says that the directory does not exist. I tried this: cp b / vlsi Here b is the file which is at another directory ...
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How do I navigate between directories in terminal?

I am new to Linux and Ubuntu and have tried changing to folders/directories with some difficulty. Could someone explain why the following commands failed to change to the desired target ...
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How to revert the permission of folders and subfolders [duplicate]

I ran the command sudo chmod -R 777 / . Due to my ubuntu partition is now unlocked. However when I realized my mistake I halted it in between. As a result of which still few files' permissions are not ...
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Configure virtual directory in sftp server

I've recently shifted from Windows to Xubuntu. I'm trying to implement an sftp server for my home. In Windows, I used Bitvise. WHen searching for sftp servers for linux, I came accross vsftpd. So, I ...
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how do I create a subfolder with the Music folder, please?

I am 70 years old and brand new to Ubuntu. The only OS I have experience with is Windows 7. I want to create subfolders within the Music folder to hold MP3s and PDFs. Please, how do I do this? ...
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How to setKatoolin.py file in /usr/bin/ directory?

Am trying to move katoolin.py file to /usr/bin/ but it says:The folder "katoolin" cannot be copied bacause you do not have permissions to create it in the destination. AM using Linux Mint 17.3
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find a file using the terminal

I am trying to find a directory, using the terminal and I am not sure where it is. I mean that i used the wget command to obtain the file and used it for installation and now i am not able to find ...
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C:\Program Files folder equivalent on Ubuntu

Which folder in Ubuntu is equivalent to C:\Program Files like on windows? Where are all programs installed? when i type apt-get install leafpad or sudo apt-get install sublime-text-installer ...
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Make Folder a symbolic link to two folder?

I would like to have Ubuntu's default music folder /home/$USER/Music to act pretty much as a library would in Windows. Essentially it would be a virtual folder containing the contents of other ...
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How to delete several files from a directory using a .txt file where the filenames to delete are listed up? [duplicate]

I have a directory containing several files (approximately 1000 files). I want to remove several of these files using the commandline. The file names from the files I want to delete are listed under ...
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How to circumvent hard link creation permission to directories on the same file system

I'm well aware of the difference between symbolic and hard links. I'm also aware of the dangers of creating hard links to directories. Nevertheless, I'm insisting on creating a hard link to a ...
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Why is /usr/local/ owned by root?

I am wondering why directories such as /usr and /usr/local/ are owned and created by root. Usually I am logged in as a normal user and I want to store programs that I personally use in these dirs. For ...
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All folders are getting created in home directory [duplicate]

I am having a unique problem. I changed my directory to Desktop using cd Desktop and then on using ls it lists a couple of pdfs present in the desktop. However, I could not create any directory in ...
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“You are not the owner…” message when trying to access folder

In the properties menu of this folder the permission is set to "root" user and group, it shows the message "you are not the owner, so you cannot change these permissions." I am indeed the owner and ...
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How to open a folder (with GUI) from terminal?

I want to place a link/shortcut/launcher in my unity panel (ubuntu 12.10). I followed this tutorial on handytutorial.com to create a custom launcher and drag it to the panel. I just need to know ...
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How to Search for Files Recursively into Subdirectories

I am trying to look for all XML files in a particular directory and all sub-directories (recursively) inside it. ls -R *.xml is only listing files in the current directory. I am quite sure, the ...
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An alternative 2-key shortcut to Ctrl-Shift-N in Nautilus?

I need just to keys to be used for that. I understand that there is no single command behind that (here), but maybe a script could work that would be linked to a custom shortcut.
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Remove files created through mount & owned by root

So, I have been doing some trial & error learning about bind mounts in Ubuntu Desktop 14.04... I got everything working the way I wanted it, but as a result of my trial & error learning the ...
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Should the root / have 777 permission?

Most of the contents is 755 though. Is this a problem?
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Custom Folder Color

my apologies if this is not the right forum for my query. I am on Ubuntu 16.04. I found 'Folder Color' application good enough to change the color of a folder. I set a custom color. I got to know ...
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Limit the size of a directory by deleting old files

I have a IP cam which save its recordings in a specific directory named Camera1 in my Ubuntu Server 12.04. I would like to limit the size of this folder to 5 gigs, by deleting -say once a day- the ...
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How to copy a directory in Terminal? [duplicate]

With the cp command I can copy files in folders, but is there any way to actually copy folders into other folders, for instance when running: cp Pictures/ Videos/Pictures/ I get the following error ...
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Can we make a folder and its contents remain locked for certain times of the day and unlocked for the rest of the time?

Suppose I have a Games folder. I don't want to waste my time on games. So is there someway that the folder remains inaccessible for most of the day, and only becomes accessible for say 3 hours after ...
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How to select a different autocomplete using the tab shortcut?

I type in for example: cp /media/Macintosh I'm recovering someone's HD so I want to get Then Tab so that it can correctly put in the formatting for Macintosh HD I then want it to complete among a ...
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What does “omitting directory” mean and how do I make it cp the directory rather than omit it

I am doing a data recovery for someone and enter the following command -Ubuntu:~# cp /media/Macintosh\ HD/Users/orlando/Desktop\ (original)/VIDEOS\ ESPANOL/ /media/\$G\$\ DATA/Orlando/Desktop/ And ...
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~ as directory name [duplicate]

I have managed to create a bizarre problem in my file system and I don't know how to recover. In my home directory I had a Dropbox folder and I decided to change the scope of the Dropbox folder to ...
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How to place software files

I've installed Tor, and now I'd like to install the Tor Browser. I'm following the instructions under Linux Instructions. The package tor-browser-linux64-5.5.4_en-US.tar.xz has been downloaded and ...
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Placing many (10 million) files in one folder

I've just added a predictive search (see example below) feature to my site that runs on a Ubuntu Server. This runs direct from a database. I want to cache the result for each search and use that if it ...
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Identifying which directory a filename comes from

I have a .txt list of filenames which come from two different directories. They come from a server database and share a single characteristic (database flag), but I really need to know which of the 2 ...
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Accidentally created directory named “~” (tilde)

I managed to make a directory literally named ~. (Apparently, Python's os.mkdir('~/something') does this.) How do I remove it without nuking my home? Also, if it helps, I have my real /home on a ...
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How to set default opening folder for Nautilus file manager?

How do I configure Nautilus to open at my Documents folder instead of my home folder? I've scoured this site and found answers instructing users to edit the /usr/share/applications/nautilus.desktop ...