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I was looking into a folder where I normally store data that I've unpacked and found that some files I thought were lost were actually in a folder that started with a .. Using Nautilus the folder was invisible. Performing an ls command from terminal also didn't expose it. It was after I ran some Java app that I'm working on did it show itself. I was able to cd into the directory, and finally just renamed it so it was visible. What I would like to have though is so that it is no longer hidden in Nautilus, is this possible?

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I don't use nautilus, but ls -a might help you in your shell. There should be some option in the preferences of nautilus to show hidden files. – Baarn Jun 14 '12 at 18:35
Thanks for the help Walter Maier-Murdnelch that does make it easier to find in the shell. – JRSofty Jun 14 '12 at 18:37
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In Nautilus, to display/hide files that start with . or end with ~, press Ctrl + H.

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Perfect that's exactly what I was looking for. – JRSofty Jun 14 '12 at 18:58

Like Dennis said, in Nautilus, to display/hide files that start with . or end with ~, press Ctrl + H.

Also ls -a will display all files in terminal, hidden or no.

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