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How to hide certain folders from showing up in Recent folder in Ubuntu?

How do I keep certain folders with files and subfolders inside out of the recent folder in Nautilus Manager? I don't want to turn off feature of showing recent files in the file manager, I only want ...
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Show hidden folder in save dialog

I would like to extract some .ttf files into my ~/.local/share/fonts folder directly from the save dialog. However, the hidden files are not shown in the dialog. Is there a way to manually enter a ...
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How to hide .directory on Desktop?

After upgrading to Ubuntu 20, I noticed there's now a .directory file on my Desktop with the content: [Desktop Entry] Encoding=UTF-8 Icon=user-desktop Type=Directory As I hate clutter, I deleted it. ...
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show hidden files doesn't work on nautilus, ubuntu 22.04

when i enter "sudo nautilus" on terminal then enter any of my partitions and select show hidden files from the drop menu on the top right it doesn't select it and for the it doesn't work.
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Allow snap version of Firefox to access hidden folders

SageMath uses a folder of the form $HOME/.sage/temp/$HOSTNAME/<random four digit name> to hold html files generated by a plotting routine and calls the default browser to display them. I want ...
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How to really hide a folder / file?

I have a folder which I want to hide, but not by prepending a dot, because then you just need to enable "View hidden folders" in the file manager. I don't want that - I want it to be REALLY ...
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I want to hide my files from windows 10 on Ubuntu 21

I dual boot Ubuntu 21 and windows 10, I don't want the systems to read or recognize each other in any way. My ubuntu partittion is on a external hard drive, my windows 10 partition is on the ssd in my ...
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In Ubuntu 21.10, Firefox and Chromium cannot open file in hidden directory

In Ubuntu 21.10, Firefox 93.0 can't open a file in a hidden directory like /home/alba/.toto/0000000d.html. (Whatever the name and content of the HTML file, you can use an empty file.) Nor does ...
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backup strategy for libreoffice files in ~/.config/libreoffice/4/user/backup directory

In backing up my home directory, I find I have just shy of 30,000 files of the form filename.odb_counter.odb my guess is these are the files used to recover corrupted files when they occur. I don't ...
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Is it possible to permanently show hidden files?

Whenever I restart the OS or even after it locks, files are hidden again. I have selected to show hidden files numerous times but it always reverts back. I really have no desire to hide files and I ...
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Hide files and folders from specific apps only

I want to make a folder invisible to just one specific application. Is there any way to do that? I want the folder to be visible to everything else on the system, just not the one specific application....
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Disk Image Mounter does not show hidden files/folders when it opens an ISO file

I archived a lot of files and folders into a .img file... it is a disk image I made using dd and rsync. I then made an .iso file from the .img file (using ImgBurn in Windows 10). Using Caja file ...
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dotfile failed to read file

When I create a file without a dot (hidden) and use gh, (Github cli), to create a gist, it works. But when I change it to a hidden file it fails to read a file. # I can create a gist with a normal ...
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mono_crash hidden files in home directory

I have noticed that there are some hidden files in my home directory (Ubuntu 20.04) with names like 'mono_crash.d4716fb0.0.json' and 'mono_crash.mem.4398.1.blob' There was 2 of the json files and 3 of ...
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How to hide files on desktop in Nautilus but keep them visible on the desktop screen?

I have some files on my desktop that I want to hide in Nautilus. I tried adding a dot at the beginning of the filename and using a .hidden file. In both cases, the file is no longer shown in Nautilus, ...
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Can't browse & access hidden Files and Folders with chromium

One HTML page of mine needs to access images that are stored in a hidden folder .local/ in order to render them and generate PDFs. However when I try to access any files stored in an hidden folder I ...
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How to specify which hidden files should remain hidden and choose which files are to be seen?

For example, I have two folders .history and .trash they both are from the same "tribe" but I never need to use the .history folder so it is useless to keep it in the explorer while .trash ...
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Discord allow uploading from hidden directories

I've found in my discord (installed from snap) that it cannot access hidden folders (ex. ~/.minecraft). Is there a way to give discord permissions to upload files from there?
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Freeing space from deleted files

I had some files deleted that I tried to recover with TestDisk. Because I was in panic, I selected to create an image (.dd file) in the /home directory. The HDD was quickly full, so I terminated the ...
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I can't find .local file [duplicate]

I can't find .local in home file Inside local file: Inside home file:
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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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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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