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Questions tagged [files]

For questions concerning specifics about the files on Ubuntu. If your question is about the file manager called "Files" in Ubuntu, use the [nautilus] tag instead.

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Locating packages [duplicate]

I have an application that has dependencies on these 2 packages l compat-libstdc++-33-3.2.3-68.1.x86_64.rpm or later l compat-libstdc++-33-3.2.3-68.1.i686.rpm or later Can someone point me in the ...
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Moved a folder to /dev. Folder has disappeared after rebooting

As the title says, I can't find the folder there now. I looked it up and /dev is some form of device files, so I'm not sure whether the folder I moved there should disappear after rebooting or not?
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cannot open ISO file [duplicate]

Trying to use Ubuntu. Brand new.I downloaded the Ubuntu file but it opens a folder including Ubuntu. Then I have right-clicked everywhere but that does not open another menu.
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All files gone from Ubuntu 18.04 but folders remain

I don't know what happened but suddenly all my files are gone from my computer (except those on the Downloads folder), the folders which contain the information remain there but the content is now ...
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Create checksum sha256 of all files and directories?

I need to create a list of checksums of the files that are inside a directory, including any subdirectories. The command that I try to execute is the following: sha256sum -b * Usage: -b = Read ...
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Show total file size while transferring files?

I'm fairly new to the Linux world. One thing that keeps nudging me is that the transfer progress bar doesn't show total size of the data being transferred. (It only shows number of files transferred ...
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How to capture a screenshot immediately, without any confirmation, clipboard interference or screen blackout effect?

For Windows, IrfanView offers a powerful screenshot tool with these features: Custom filenames (number and timestamp) such as 000001_20170324110124.Screenshot.png (not an actual filename of a file I ...
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Non-hidden files and directories are invisible but can be accessed

I'm having an strange problem: Some folders and directories disappeared from my home directory. They aren't visible in the file manager window (I use Dolphin), and they can't be seen in the terminal ...
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When extracting from an archive, how to stop “Files” to select the extracted folder(s) afterwards

I like to extract archives and delete them afterwards. Now, when I select one or more archives and "right-click -> extract here", after successful extraction, the extracted folder(s) is automatically ...
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Files is not working

I am using Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. When I click on Files to open it, there is no response. When I try to launch Nautilus through the terminal, this is what I get: ricknrose@rick-System-Product-Name:~$ ...
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Moving Subdirectories Between Directories by Folder Name

I have a series of sub-directories, all in one parent-directory, each titled like such: StringA (Date1) StringW [String10] StringB (Date2) StringX [String11] StringB (Date3) StringY [String12] ...
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How to get rid of green checkmarks on my files?

At some point, I used a Google Drive sync application called overGrive. I think it pooped all these green checkmarks all over my files. There is no option in the program that interacts with the ...
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File manager is not opening

I am not sure when this started, but when I try to open the file manager Files it just buffers for 10 seconds then nothing. This is error message after nautilus / command in terminal: Result from ...
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How do I (persistently) change default file/program associations in Ubuntu 18.04+?

I am not shown the "Open with ..." tab in Files or the "Set as default ..." button anymore. This seems to be gone due to a UI change and there is an issue registered at Launchpad. I know that tools ...
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File Copy Status once again gone in 18.10

The file copy status pie chart in the upper right hand corner of the Nautilus window in 18.10 is gone. Whenever I'm copying a file, there's no way I can see how far along it is. I've seen this ...
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Limiting file/folder's name to a single line

I am using ubuntu 18.10. All files/folders names are displayed in three rows as shown in image. Is there a way to display those names in a single row. Picture Like for the first song it is displayed ...
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Accessing windows files

I'm trying to access my Windows files from Ubuntu, and so far I was able to create a script that mounts the folder I want and have it on the system startup. I am able to list, delete, move, create ...
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USB Drive locked on Read Only

I have a big problem with a USB drive that I use to save my data: When I plugged it to my computer, Windows said that there was a problem and I answer Yes to analyze and repair. Some data were OK and ...
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Modify creation and last modified date for entire subdir

This is only an issue because some antique software has Y2K issues, I need to move the file creation dates from 1990's to 2000 but for files across 21 subdirectories. A way to manage it recursively is ...
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All sound files on Samsung Android phone are missing when trying to view them in my folder

My voice recordings on my Samsung Android phone are usually stored in the folder /sounds/ but even though on my phone I see 20 recordings, the file explorer app on my Ubuntu 16.04 is showing this ...
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Migration of files from Win 10 to Ubuntu [duplicate]

I thought Ubuntu asked for files to import from the along-side operating system on installation. But it didn't, so how can I move them over to Ubuntu after installation? The files I wanted to import ...
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Removed all files from Kindle device via cp command

I tried to copy a file to a Kindle device via command line in the following way: cp filename /dev/sdb5 where sdb5 is the name of that device. As result, all files from the Kindle device are removed. ...
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Files I create get lost after switching from Windows to Ubuntu in dual boot system

I have a dual Windows 10 / Kubuntu system in an Asus Flipboard and I lose files (especially .odt from Libre Office) after switching from Ubuntu to Windows and back. They just disappear from the lists. ...
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How to sort search-results in Nautilus?

After upgrading to 18.04, I find that the File Manager will not allow sorting (date, type, name etc) after a search. It does allow sorts prior to a search. This change is not an improvement.
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problem in size with /var/log file is 110GB

My file /var/log is 110 GB and system tell me low disk space. What should I do? Should I delete the log file I have tried? $ sudo apt-get clean $ sudo apt-get autoclean $ sudo apt-get autoremove ...
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Ubuntu 18.04 File manager app hard to read columns

After upgrading to 18.04, I noticed that when I opened the Files app, the columns such as Size and Modified are displayed with a gray font that's hard to read sometimes. Is there a way to darken these ...
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How to delete random n files from directory?

I have a uploads directory and I want to delete random 1000 images from it. How can I do that with command ? I am able to delete single with rm but it tooks long.. Is there any way to bulk delete on ...
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How to reduce the size of the image [duplicate]

Example: I have some pictures with size about 3 MB, and want them to have a size about 1020 KB. I don't know is there some option on Ubuntu or I do that with some editor, so can you help me? My ...
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Resize desktop icons Ubuntu 18.04

How can I resize the desktop icons? They are too big. I tried to use the zoom out option in nautilus, but it didn't work Thanks
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Curlftpfs cache file

I have ftp server where have my build iso file. The files are large, 8-10GB. I mount ftp to my folder with curlftpfs. Everytime I open folder in my pc all files donwload again and the very slowly. How ...
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Performance issue when user's home directory have large number of files

I'm on Ubuntu for years (I format only root partition when I re-install or update) and now my home directory have many files from installs programs such as Nodejs,Android studio and bunch of other ...
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Aborted during update (16.04) - file retrieval help

I, being an idiot, manually aborted during a software update as I had stupidly left things running and the computer froze. Now when I enter my password on the user account, the screen scrambles. On ...
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File extensions are hidden in ubuntu 18.04 Bionic

When typing in this command: touch ./__init__.py This is what the file looks like in nautilus > right click __init__.py: as you can see, its a text file instead of a py file. I am using ubuntu 18....
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How can I find the files for installed programs [duplicate]

Where are the files of my installed programs located? I would like to collect all of them in one "install" folder so that I can reinstall them any time I want, just as I can do in Windows.
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Best way to encrypt specific files within a folder, not the entire folder [duplicate]

I need to encrypt only a couple of files that are within a folder, with the exception of the other files. what would be the best way without interrupting the rest of the files? Thanks
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Possible bug: Playing root owned *.flv files in VLC on Ubuntu 16.04/18.04

I have some flv files and I'm trying to play them in VLC. I keep them in a separate directory owned by root (both directory and the files) to prevent accidentally deletion. Now the interesting part: ...
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Can't save files on Ubuntu 18.04

Recently i have installed Ubuntu 18.04 on my MacBook. Everything it's ok except for the fact that every time i want to download a file from Firefox (a wallpaper for example) or save a program (created ...
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What is the command to list the files of specific extension within the range of file size and with depth of file search?

I tried using the following command but it is not working. sudo find / -type f -iname "*.ttx" -size +5k 2>/dev/null | grep -E '^/?([^/]+/?){0,3}$' I am using 2>/dev/null to avoid error ...
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Need to change permission so I can delete file in hard drive

I accidentally created, with Clonezilla, a disk image file into my Ubuntu hard drive (it's actually a folder with many files within). I have since learned how to use Clonezilla correctly and save ...
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What are directories, if everything on Linux is a file?

Very often beginners hear a phrase "Everything is a file on Linux/Unix". However, what are the directories then? How are they different from files?
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How to list files and their inode numbers in current directory?

How can I obtain list of items and their inode numbers in the current working directory ?
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How to search by pattern in thunar

In Thunar it is possible to open a small search box by pressing Ctrl+f but when you type in something the results seem to take into account only the first letters of the filename. If you search for ...
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Can I change location of swapfile?

I have a 240 GB SSD and 1 TB 5400 rpm HDD. Planning to install 18.04 on SSD and use HDD as /home. My concern is whether to put swap file on SSD or HDD. I have 8 GB RAM and will use 16 GB swap file. Do ...
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Folder and file icons messed up

As you can see in this image, my folder and file icons are messed up. The trash app icon is messed up too. I changed themes and icon themes in tweak and maybe that's what triggered this but then I did ...
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Where does Steam store files on Ubuntu?

Basically, every answer I've gotten just leads me to a script that LAUNCHES steam. I want to know where the actual files and stuff are stored so I can skin it, not how to find a file to run Steam.
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Right Click not Working with Files in Ubuntu 18.04? [duplicate]

Recently, I Upgraded my Ubuntu OS from 17.10 to 18.04 LTS . Yesterday, a friend of mine gave me a USB to format. Previously, whenever I needed to format USB, after mounting USB device on right-click ...
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How to enter file path in open file

I want to deploy a war file, to my tomcat manage, and the path is quite long, so I want to enter the path, but whenever I go into open file, I can only select the files manually, by going through the ...
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How to copy every line from a file to MS Word using nano [closed]

I would like to copy every line and character from a file to Microsoft Word or another word processor. However, when I select all the text with nano text editor and paste it to LibreOffice Word, all ...
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Rename multiple .txt files changing some characters in specific positions

I have a collections of hundreds of .txt files in the same folder in Ubuntu 16.04, and they're named with strings and index numbers, like that: a01_s01_e01_skeleton.txt a01_s01_e02_skeleton.txt ...
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How does Ubuntu formats any flash drive with file systems in terms of Code?

I was thinking how can we design a file system of our own for study and experimental purpose. But for doing that I am not able to find proper documentation and resources. I also want to know even if ...