Questions tagged [hidden-files]

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Accidentally made a file disappear using mv. Where should I look for it?

I had a file in which I had some credentials; and for some reason, it's hidden now. I can see on my desktop that there are two folders with . and .. name. Where did they come from? My file was sample....
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How to remove fuse_hidden file when the running process can't be found?

I have seen this issue in other threads but couldn't find a solution that worked for me. So my fuse_hidden file (49GB) is in a trash directory on a protable hard-drive. I assume it stems from a unzip ...
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Dissappeared files from external disk, Ubuntu 20.04

My files from an external disk disappeared suddenly. I am using Ubuntu 20.04 and I am sure that I didn't delete them! One the external disk I can see some files, but some files I can't see. My ...
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How can I exclude . and .. when listing hidden items? [duplicate]

ls -d .* lists only hidden "items" (files & directories). (I think) technically it lists every item beginning with ., which includes the current . and above .. directories. I also know that ls -A ...
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Explain difference in non-hidden file count when using Nautilus vs. using other tools such as tree and how to independently calculate former count?

I recently have been backing up my files from a laptop and as part of that have opted to move a folder that at first seemed to be of size 107.6 GB from one hard drive to another. As I was copying, I ...
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Show always one specific hidden file inside a specific folder

I am creating a backup of .bashrc. I make a copy of it inside my backup folder. Let's say the folder is ~/backup previously I always created a .hidden file and put the name of files I want to hide. ...
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How can I see hidden folders in Nautilus? [duplicate]

Can someone please tell me how I can display hidden folders with Nautilus?
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How can you see all the directories in the “files” utility? [duplicate]

I want to copy files from another directory to a directory which is a . directory on ubuntu. But, when you open the files utility, all you can see is the named directories and none of the . ...
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how to default native application to show hidden files

I am learning reverse engineering, I am currently on olleydb, a popular debugging software. In ubuntu 18.04 you see hidden files by pressing ctrl + H, but in the program olleydb it is not defaulting ...
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Any way to use Visual Studio Code editor instead of nano/vim/emacs to edit files?

I'm having an issue where I can only edit .bashrc or .zshrc files with the nano command. When I input code .bashrc it just opens up an empty .bashrc file. With nano it works within the shell and it ...
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How do I hide unnecessary .directories in my home directory? [duplicate]

I found some .files in my home directory now. They are .local, .mozilla, .java, .Skype, .adobe and many more. They make my home directory messy. How to hide these files? They were not present before.
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Tells me .themes folder already exists [duplicate]

I cant find the themes folder so i tried to create one in the home directory but it tells me it already exists
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How to sudo chmod -R 777 * including hidden files?

Basically what I want to do is all in the title. If I want to grant read, write and execute permissions for everybody in a folder then I usually do: sudo chmod -R 777 * How can I extend this command ...
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Missing file after mv

Hope you can help me with this issue. I did the following: mv filename .foldername after that the file is gone and a hidden folder foldername was created .foldername when cd .foldername I got a ...
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How to find and list hidden files in bash? [duplicate]

How to list only files which begin with a period character? I want to know how this it possible with ls, grep and find.
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Is it possible to have Nautilus show hidden files except for one specific folder?

In general, I like to see all the hidden files. So I have used Ctrl+H to have Nautilus show all the hidden files. But now thanks to this issue with google drive, I like Nautilus not to show the ...
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how to migrate the hidden files using rsync

I am using the command below, in my target sever: rsync -ab myuser@sourcehost:/source_dir/* target_dir But this is not able to sync the hidden files present source_dir anything I need to use any --...
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What does the period (.) mean at the start of a filename in a terminal command?

In chmod -R 421 .gimp, what does the period mean directly preceding the g in gimp? Is that similar to the * wildcard?
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Will ls always list the files that rm will remove?

Something I feel I ought to know for sure: if I ls <something>, will rm <something> remove exactly the same files that ls displayed? Are there any circumstances where rm could remove files ...
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How do I show hidden files just for some directories?

Are you aware of any file manager that is able to remember whether you want to show or hide hidden files for a specific directory? I.e. i never want to see hidden files in my home, but i would like to ...
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How to make AppData directory analog?

Is there any way to make programs create their own folders ".program_name" not in the home directory, but in some AppData directory? I do not want to hide hidden files, but at the same time I do not ...
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How do I change directory to get into a hidden folder/directory?

I have tried the following and I really don't understand the result. Can someone help? ~$ pwd /home/djj375 ~$ ls -ald .docker drwx------ 2 root root 4096 May 21 14:33 .docker ~$ realpath .docker /...
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How to hide files without renaming them in Ubuntu 18 Nautilus?

I have searched a lot about that & the only way I found is to create a file named .hidden & put the file names I want to hide in separated by a break. This method seems to be not working for ...
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File missing after copying to file system partition

I was a using XP with 4 partitions in hard disk. I installed Ubuntu 16.04 in one of the formatted partition thus making it bootable either in XP or Ubuntu. Recently I had copied some 10GB of movies ...
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Files and folders are partially not displayed in Nautilus

I am facing a problem and I couldn't find any related post for that. I am regularly using an USB flash drive to move files from a Windows computer to my laptop which runs Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. The ...
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Nautilus hidden files issues (by window and by default) in Ubuntu 17.10

I can't find how to configure some nautilus behaviour in Ubuntu 17.10, which I'm testing installed in an external drive. If I have two nautilus windows, when I hide/unhide files (Ctrl+h), it does it ...
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How to copy files to a hidden folder [duplicate]

I want to copy a visible file to a hidden folder. In this case, I want to copy a program folder to the /.wine folder
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hidden file removal on ubuntu

I have PDF files in a hierarchical directory stucture to 4 levels on my webserver. The files were uploaded from an OSX machine to a Windows Machine to my server. I now have many (dot) .filenames.pdf ...
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How do I use locate to find hidden files in Terminal? [duplicate]

I am trying to find a hidden file that I know the name, but no the location of. The name is "message", and I have tried sudo locate *message*, but I have not found it. I have too much output, plus I ...
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List hidden files last

Most of the time when I'm using nemo, I don't want to worry about hidden files; but the times when I need to see hidden files are too numerous for me to toggle their visibility each time. Is there an ...
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`du` shows non zero size of empty catalog [duplicate]

I know, that when I create empty catalog it has his own size: mkdir test && du -h test gives: 4,0K test But this case is another. I had catalog with 1e6 files (74 GB) on external HDD (...
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Folders not visible in mounted drive but space is occupied

I have an external hard drive which shows that the drive has 48GB of data. But the folders that are visible are only totaling to ~8GB. I tried to the 'show hidden files' but nothing extra is visible. ...
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Is it possible to make hidden files or folders show up on the desktop? [duplicate]

Is there any way to make hidden (.name) files and folders visible from the desktop?
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How to get my files back from cryptkeeper after reinstalling Ubuntu?

I had encrypted my files with Cryptkeeper in Ubuntu 16.04. Then there were some network problems with the OS so I decided to reinstall it via USB. Silly as I was, I forgot to remove Cryptkeeper and ...
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How to synchronize hidden (dot) files in owncloud/nextcloud

When using ownCloud client for linux my hidden files are not synchronized, and appear under Activity > Not Synced with a message stating: File is ignored because it's hidden
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Home directory displays hidden files too

I'm using Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and I must have done something to change how the Home folder opens, not sure what do. When I open the Home folder it displays all files, even the hidden ones. I have used ...
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What files to delete in /home/user while installing new linux distro to get rid of old settings and configuration?

I want to install Ubuntu in my laptop. I have /home as a separate partition. I want to keep all data stored in my /home but I don't want old configuration and old settings. I want to install clean ...
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How can I make Nautilus automatically show hidden files? [duplicate]

I know I can just hit CTRL+H to hide the hidden files, but how do I make them visible by default? I use Ubuntu 16.04.
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How to hide files and folders in PCManFM without changing their path?

I'm running Lubuntu 16.04 LTS and thus, use the PCManFM file manager. I want to hide some files and folders from the view that the file manager provides, but I can not use the .-prefix or any other ...
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How can I show hidden files in my KDE Plasma Desktop's folder view?

I'm using Kubuntu 16.04 with its default plasmashell 5.5.5. How can I show hidden files on my desktop? The desktop can show /home/user/Desktop or other location and there is no setting for hidden ...
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Xubuntu: How to prevent applications/programs from showing hidden files when opening or saving files?

This behaviour by my Xubuntu 16.04 has started about a month ago, maybe a bit more. The behaviour of Thunar is normal, i.e. selecting "show hidden files and folders" does what it's supposed to, and ...
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ubuntu 16.04 home folder shows hidden directories [duplicate]

Home folder DEFAULTS to showing hidden files. CTR-H does toggle between showing hidden files and not. But I prefer to NOT have them show in default. Is there a different version that looks more like ...
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after using windows in dual boot I can't see any file or folder in the disk when using ubuntu

I am using ubuntu 14.04 LTS in dual boot with wondows 10. Today I opened windows for the first time and after closing window and starting ubuntu I couldn't see any file or folder in the disk. show ...
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How can I hide a folder on my desktop?

I have tried to use a dot (.) to hide a file/folder and it works fine within the Home>>Desktop menu . I tried hiding a folder Applesauce by renaming it to .Applesauce it was shown as hidden when ...
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Why is swap file created? [duplicate]

When i create a file named a.cpp a new extra file a.cpp~ created automatically in my ubuntu. I know this is swap file . Why this file is created? Use of this file?
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Why is kubuntu adding a .directoy file to my directories?

I was in the middle of working on a project and creating a ruby gem for it when gem build gave me an error saying that the .directory file in the project was causing issues. I never added a file like ...
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I installed Ubuntu and it hides my other Windows' partitions!

I just installed Ubuntu 15.10. After installing Ubuntu, I am able to access my Windows 7 OS again. But it hides all the files. I have tried to view it through Ubuntu and have also tried to enable ...
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how to prevent standard users from seeing hidden files?

I have created two types of users, one is admin and another is a standard user. ctrl+H is the shortcut to see hidden files in most of the linux file managers. I want to disable that option for ...
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How to show hidden files in Nautilus 3.20.3 Ubuntu 16.10?

How to show hidden files in Nautilus 3.20.3 Ubuntu 16.10?
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Ubuntu 16.10 - deleted files don't go to trash and keep taking space

The trash seems to be empty, but the partition's trash folder (.Trash-1000) shows the deleted files and they keep taking up space. Is this a bug in the new version (16.10) released today? Everything ...