I know all the files with dot in front of their names are hidden. Nautilus have an option to hide some specific files without dot in their name – by listing their names in .hidden text file, so these files will be hidden too, even if they don't start with dot.

I'm looking for something similar to show only specific hidden files (with dot) by default. Something like a .shown file – a list of files to show by default, even if they have a dot in front of their names. I tried to create a .shown file, but it doesn't work. Is such an option implemented yet? If not, is there any workaround (without forking Nautilus) or Nautilus extension with that option?

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Perhaps you can use something like nautilus-hide?

sudo apt-get install nautilus-hide
nautilus -q

Project page: https://github.com/brunonova/nautilus-hide

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    Thanks, but I don't want to hide files without dot, I want to show files with dot (the opposite). This extension adds nice GUI way to hide files, but it still uses nautilus' .hidden file feature and I don't see a way how could I make it work with .shown file (which is not implemented in nautilus). Oct 1, 2015 at 23:44
  • I see. The problem lies with nautilus not having the opposite functionality of the .hidden file. Perhaps this should be requested as new feature / enhancement to nautilus. There are two routes to go now. Request the functionality upstream here: bugzilla.gnome.org/enter_bug.cgi?product=nautilus or find an application to do this. Best of luck.
    – octoquad
    Oct 3, 2015 at 7:50

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