I have an issue where I am creating .cap files with aircrack-ng and am saving them to the desktop, but I can't see them. When I use the ls command in the terminal they show up, but just not on the graphical desktop view. I want to be able to see them on the desktop and not just through the terminal. Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

EDIT: Turns out I am not saving them to the desktop, but rather the /home/user/ directory. The hidden files show up when I press CTR + H, but they don't show up in the terminal; the only file showing up in the terminal when I use the ls command is the desktop (sorry for the topic edit). How can I get the hidden files to show up in the terminal as well?

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    What is your file manager?
    – kenn
    Jul 12, 2014 at 10:15
  • What is the output of ls -al ~/Desktop? (Please edit it into your question)
    – Wilf
    Jul 12, 2014 at 10:26
  • please post your ls list screen shot and your file manager
    – Sudheer
    Jul 12, 2014 at 11:47
  • I wish there was a way to accept two answers because I asked two questions :/. Jul 12, 2014 at 11:57

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Files that start with a . are hidden from the graphical interface.

To view them, just open up your file browser and go to 'Edit'->'Preferences' and check 'Show hidden files and backup files'.

You can also toggle the hidden files using Ctrl+H


To get the hidden files to show up in terminal, use:

ls -al

cd takes you back to your home folder while ls -al lists (the -l flag) all files (the -a flag) hidden or not.

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    Thank you for this information! It solved one of my two issues, my new one now edited to the same post. I would give this answer a plus if I could, but I don't have 15 reputation yet haha. Jul 12, 2014 at 11:50

To view files list use ls command. To view hidden files as well use ls -a or la commands.

Hidden files will have . before them.

Eg: you should use ls /home/user/ and for hidden files la /home/user/ for list view ls -al /home/user/

  • Although la doesn't work, ls -a does. This may be because this is an Ubuntu focused site and I'm using Kali Linux, but I don't know for sure. Thank you very much! This completes the second part of the answer to my questions :). Jul 12, 2014 at 11:55
  • ls ~ is the same as ls /home/USER by the way
    – Wilf
    Jul 12, 2014 at 12:42
  • yes its the same.
    – Sudheer
    Jul 12, 2014 at 12:47

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