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Mysterious .directories in my home directory

I discovered some mysterious directories in my home. Every one has dot before name. They can't be seen from file explorer or even terminal, for example I'm using Eclipse "open file" for seeing them. ...
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Problem with files in External Hard Disk

While making my USB bootable for the installation of UBUNTU using Disk Startup Tool in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, the process was cancelled and disconnected my external hard disk from the laptop(The source ...
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How to filter out hidden files and directories in 'find'?

I would like to list all the non-hidden files and directories in my path. This means that files beginning with . should be excluded from the result, along with files whose path contains a hidden ...
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Hiding files in Nautilus using .hidden does not work

On my Windows network drives, some folders have a large number of files beginning with ~$. I would like to hide these files in Nautilus. I've tried adding the file names to a .hidden file (as ...
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Issue moving a file and error when unzip

Not sure if this is as weird as I see it But anyway I'm installing kippo-graph "data visualization tool" on Ubuntu Server 14.04 LTS but after I download the file which is (kippo.tar.gz) and I move ...
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Which hidden files in the /home/user folder control the desktop?

The background story: The other day my (L)ubuntu offered me to upgrade from 12.04 LTS to 14.04 LTS, which I gladly accepted. At the end of the evening, I started the update out of the update manager, ...
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Absolutely hiding a file or a folder

Renaming the file with adition of .filename Eg ".algosig" is not efficient I found it visible after pressing CTRL+H. Aren't there other ways which makes it invisible even after pressing CTRL + H. ...
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what is a .fuse_hidden file and why do they exist?

I have a folder where I transfer home videos from a camcorder to. I find two files in this folder that are not videos... .fuse_hidden0000002c00000001 .fuse_hidden0000002600000002 What are these ...
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Duplicate file ~ in root folder [duplicate]

I have a copy of all the files in my root folder with ~ symbol. I can see it on the terminal but not in the folder. How do i stop this
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List hidden files without using - ( * | [closed]

Is it possible to list hidden files without using the characters mentioned above? This means not using any options or the * wildcard as well as some other characters (e.g this is not allowed "ls -a", ...
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how to hide files using ubuntu GNOME

Does renaming file with a name which starts with a dot hides files in ubuntu GNOME. I have done the same but whenever i restart nautilus the hidden files reappear is this a bug
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why is my pc showing hidden files even after renaming files starting with a dot

My pc shows hidden files even after renaming the file with a name which starts with a dot is there any solution for this.
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rsync exclude hidden files doesnt work!

I’ve searched all over the internet and everybody suggests the same thing - that adding --exclude=´.*´ should exclude hidden files and folders from an rsync. It doesn’t. I´ve also tried adding a ...
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Which hidden files and directories do I need?

In a previous question, I explained my situation/plan: backing up home directory on external drive, reformatting laptop drive, installing 14.04, putting home directory back. (It hasn't happened yet ...
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how to show hidden folders in 14.04 ubuntu

How do you show a hidden folder (specifically .minecraft) in Ubuntu 14.04? I am somewhat new to Ubuntu 14.04 and can't seem to find the "view" menu.
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Cannot access to a hidden folder

I want to access my database table, which is created in NetBeans. I'm looking for the derby folder: student@student-VirtualBox:~$ sudo find / -name derby -print and the terminal responses with: ...
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How to append a password to hidden files? [closed]

I have some hidden files on my desktop the "Ctrl+H" kind of hidden files. But I'm not satisfied with the security in the process. Anyone whose had much experience with Ubuntu will surely know to press ...
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My encfs folder three times larger than original

Recently I've noticed sudden grown of size of my encfs folder. Size of data 2.3 Gb, size of encfs folder is 6.6 Gb. What could cause this? This is how mount output looks like: /dev/sda6 on / type ...
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Ask for password to unhide files/folders

I have some files that needs to keep hidden after every use(often). I use Ctrl+H to hide the files and same to unhide them. Is there anyway to make password mandatory for only unhidding ...
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Can cd into folder but I can't see it with ls or ls -a?

I've a shared partition between Windows and Ubuntu, achieved through VMWare's shared folders, and when I moved a folder into this shared folder Ubuntu couldn't see it. Ubuntu still can't see it, but ...
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Do not show hidden icons

I see the hidden files in nautilus. I pressed ctrl + h but when I open the file manager again hidden files appear.
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Hidden files show up in Nautilus recent files

I'm using Ubuntu 13.10 and have a hidden folder. Using the privacy app in the system settings I have excluded this folder from the dash this works well enough although I would prefer to be able to ...
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How do I find my windows 7 files?

I have recently started using Ubuntu for the first time, and I can't seem to find my windows files. I've run a few searches and the answers say that I can find them by going to Filesystem > Users > ...
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Hidden files wont stay hidden in Ubuntu Gnome

Whenever I open the Home folder, all the hidden files are displayed along with unhidden files. I hit Ctrl+H and they disappear, but they are visible again when I open Home again. I've tried ...
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Unable to see files in DVD hidden using windows 7

I had hidden folders using Windows 7 and burned them to a DVD. When I checked the disk in Windows it showed all the folders (using 'show hidden files and folders'). But after performing a clean ...
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10 GB files in home folder due to hidden files

I am using Ubuntu 13.04. My home folder is full of hidden files like .Xauthority.XTMZZW, .Xauthority.VEBCZW, .goutputstream-0H5NTW and some of these files are uninstalled software related files but ...
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Unable to load .mozilla during installation sometimes (ubuntu 12.04 LTS)

I am unable to see .Mozilla in /home/mvrp directory (the name I have given who am I during installation of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS) some times after installation. when I could see it in /home/mvrp directory ...
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Deleted the .wine folder and lost all my data

HELP! I deleted the .wine folder from my user folder and i've lost all my data. How can i get my files back? What happened? I use Ubuntu 12.04! i don't know much about ubuntu yet. Thank You
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What is a dot only named folder?

I know what dot files or folders are, but there is a specific dot named folder (the name is just a dot) in every directories. What are they used for? For example here is a part of my "bin" folder. ...
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Why are there files ending with ~ on my system? [duplicate]

Ive got Ubuntu desktop up and running on my N54L microserver. I've noticed however that if I'm looking at a folder on the microserver from my Windows 7 laptop, if I make a change to a file on Ubuntu ...
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How do I remove hidden backup files?

I have files ending in ~ in my home directory, and I want to delete them. How do I do that? How do I prevent this backup functionality?
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chown -R user:user .* changes permissions backwards: is this the correct behaviour?

I got into a lot of trouble when changing the permission of a folder myfolder residing in /. I issued the command sudo chown -R luca:luca /myfolder/.* My intention was to change ownership of all ...
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Retrive contents as files from everpad when sync doesn't work

How can i retrieve all the contents from everpad to use in another user, syncing is not working though it says it have synced. Edit: After another wrong decision, now i can't access the contents as i ...
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Hide and unhide folders

is there any way to unhide folders other than removing the "." in fornt of it. becasue i have minecraft and the folder which you install mods to is called ".minecraft" and its in /home/usr but i want ...
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How can I stop the automatic creation of ~/.cache/motd.legal-displayed file?

In every home-directory on my Ubuntu Server is a .cache folder containing an empty file motd.legal-displayed. Is there a way to stop creating these .cache folders?
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Make multiple files hidden?

I have a group of files I want hidden to avoid clutter. Is there a command that can simply make multiple files hidden? Is there an application? Is there a single command that will make the files I've ...
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Delete all files with certain name in entire directory

I have a directory that I want to delete all the .svn folders in all of its subdirectories. Is there a command that can do this without me having to go through each individual subdirectory and delete ...
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How to make folders like “System Volume Information” or “RECYCLER” hidden, just like it is on windows?

I have this external hard drive, and I used it in windows, now that I use it on Ubuntu, and it is kind of annoying to see files like System Volume Information, so how can I make it hidden? Or how can ...
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Hiding images in folder without renaming or moving the files

I'm dual booting Ubuntu with Windows and I have all my music on a separate harddrive. In Windows the album art is hidden by default but when I access the folder in Ubuntu there is two album artwork ...
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windows 7 hard drive crashed; Loaded Ubuntu from USB, can't find files that were on win 7 desktop

I have hard drive that crashed and was running windows 7. I have a new drive, but need to get vital data off of old drive. I was successful in making a usb start up with ubuntu. It loads up and the ...
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How to make bash stop tab autocompleting hidden directories

Most of the time, I don't need autocompletes for my hidden directories. In fact, that's the point of them being hidden! However, annoyingly, bash takes these directories into account when ...
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How can I search and locate a system folder

Files & Folders Lens can be used to locate user's documents easily, but it seems ignoring system files and folders. How can I search & locate system files and folders? (Say for example I ...
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What are the '~' files created when I edit something and can I delete them? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Prevent gedit from creating files with the '~' suffix I've noticed that every time i edit or in anyway modify a .txt, .php, .html, .doc etc file, after I save ...
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How to access Dungeon Crawl “morgue” (files for past games)?

I recently got a small game from Software Center called Dungeon Crawl and I can't figure out how to view my past games. It says the morgue file (of game'overs) is in the /home/owner/.crawl/morgue/ ...
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How to hide files and folders in Nautilus?

I want to hide, most of the folders in root (/) using Nautilus. Probably the only folders in / I want shown are /home and /tmp. In addition to hiding folders, I also want to hide two files: ...
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How to hide folder [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I hide directories without changing their names? How can I hide a folder and only see it when Ctrl+H is pressed? I have checked in Properties and couldn't find ...
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Where is .bashrc?

I feel stupid asking, but I can't seem to find the answer to this anywhere. I'm trying to follow these instructions to edit my bash prompt, but there is no .bashrc in either my user directory ...
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Which hidden folder in my home folder contain the data for the Passwords and Keys application?

I made a fresh install of Precise Pangolin beta from Oneiric. I saved my home folder on an external drive. Now I want to copy passwords and keys to the new installation.
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Hidden files in Nautilus after extracting ISO

I extracted the information from an ISO Image and from Nautilus I could only see two folders, but from the terminal I can see the rest of the files and folders. These folders do not have the . ...
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Ubuntu One and Hidden files sync

Libreoffice uses a file to lock documents you are editing that has a .(period) as the first letter of the name. Ubuntu One does not sync this file so I have no protection from multiple editors of a ...