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Questions tagged [hidden-files]

also refereed to as dot-files and/or [.]files

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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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Used volume is visible in properties but files are invisible in a volume

My laptop is dual booted with ubuntu 16.04 and windows. I have a common volume of approximately 700 GB common between both systems. The size of the used volume in properties of this volume is 140 GB. ...
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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 ...
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How to automatically hide hidden files at boot?

Sometimes when I boot up my machine, hidden folders and files are not hidden... I can ctrl+h to hide them again, but it is a security issue to have to do this. Likewise, if I ls in terminal (no flags) ...
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Hidden files show up in “recently used”, is there a fix?

I have created a hidden file, assuming it would not be visible or seen. However, I found out that although hidden files are invisible in the window, they are visible in "Recent"( which shows the ...
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changing paths for pip

I have some problems with pip, and found a solution here: it is suggested to change a line in any of these files: ~/.pypirc or $PIP_INDEX_URL or pip.conf Problem is, I can't find any of these ...
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How do I get a folder size in nautilus to include hidden files (dotfiles)?

In Ubuntu (14.04) in the nautilus window (the file explorer) I can right-click on a folder and select Properties to see its size. However, this size does not include hidden files. (dotfiles) Is ...
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why i can't see some folders and files?

In a folder, I have some files that I can't see in an open window. But I can see them when I run ls -l in the terminal. These files are CMakeCache.txt, cmake_install.cmake, Makefile, temp. Could you ...
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Can't Create a New Folder in Home [duplicate]

I'm trying to install a theme and another forum said to create a folder in my home directory and put the theme in there, then use Unity Tweak Tool to activate it. So, I created a folder in my home ...
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Delete all hidden files recursively in current directory [duplicate]

I have a directory which contains hidden files and by that I mean, not just the files whose name starts with . but also the files whose name contains ~ character at the end like somefile.txt~. I want ...
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hidden files taking far too much space [SOLVED]

In order to instal ubuntu 14.04 I backed up my hard drive (650 Gb). In the new installation I partitioned the hard drive giving 1.8 Tb to ubuntu 14.04 and leaving 100 Gb for Biolinux 8. Now I am ...
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Does Deja Dup save hidden folders?

I'm scheduling my backups with Deja Dup and I'd like to know if hidden folders in the home directory, such as .thunderbird, will be included in my backups? My question comes from the fact that my ...
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Files disappearing in Ubuntu

I have a lot of music in my hard drive and some times they disappear. In my previous Ubuntu installation, this was happening very much. I did I fresh install a few days ago (not because of this) and ...
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When copying files via USB from Ubuntu to Windows 7, there is a different number of files

What's up guys, I'm trying to backup some Ubuntu files to my Windows machine. I have all the files in one folder and when I click "Properties" in Ubuntu it says 696 items, 742.6 MB. When I copied that ...
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Execute commands on hidden files

I run command to search for phrase in all files: cat *.* | grep blabla It works fine but I got problem with hidden files and directories. Command simply not deals with them. Ho to solve this problem?...
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File .htaccess disappears

I installed ubuntu and want to put my Web script (php) what happens when I put the files via USB is the USB .htaccess disappears. Someone could help me?
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Hide hidden files and directories in file upload pop-up explorer

How can I hide hidden files and directories in pop-up file explorer when uploading a file via web browsers, e.g. when inserting an email attachment? I checked Firefox 42.0 and Chrome 46.0 on x64 ...
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Deja Dup - Should I backup hidden files located in home folder?

I'm using Deja Dup in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. I do a backup for /home contents once a week. What should I do with the hidden files that are being stored? If unnecessary, how could tell Deja Dup to ignore ...