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    Default How do I see a dot file on my desktop?

    Using SuSE 12.3.

    Somehow I accidentally changed the name of an .flv (movie) file on my desktop. I deleted everything in front of the .flv.

    So now, apparently, the desktop thinks it's a dot file and it doesn't display. I know it's there somewhere because the file does show up when I do a backup to an external hard drive. There I see the file named ".flv" (no quotation marks, of course).

    How can I display this hidden file so I can delete it from my desktop? I've looked everywhere in the desktop configuration items. If the solution is there I'm just looking right past it.

    Thanks.

    bosdad

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    Default Re: How do I see a dot file on my desktop?

    Probably way faster to just open an 'xterm' and rename it (Alt+F2, xterm
    [enter]:

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    mv ~/Desktop/.flv ~/Desktop/oops.flv
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    Default Re: How do I see a dot file on my desktop?

    Quote Originally Posted by ab View Post
    Probably way faster to just open an 'xterm' and rename it (Alt+F2, xterm
    [enter]:

    Code:
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    mv ~/Desktop/.flv ~/Desktop/oops.flv
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    Thank you so much. Very easy.

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    Default Re: How do I see a dot file on my desktop?

    On 2014-01-28 01:06, bosdad wrote:

    > Thank you so much. Very easy.


    There are several methods. Some file browsers have an option to display
    hidden files; thus you only have to navigate to the Desktop folder.

    You might, for instance, install 'mc', aka Midnight Commander. It runs
    inside a terminal. It is a very powerful but text mode file browser. It
    can rename hidden files, too.

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    Default Re: How do I see a dot file on my desktop?

    Quote Originally Posted by bosdad View Post
    Using SuSE 12.3.

    Somehow I accidentally changed the name of an .flv (movie) file on my desktop. I deleted everything in front of the .flv.

    So now, apparently, the desktop thinks it's a dot file and it doesn't display. I know it's there somewhere because the file does show up when I do a backup to an external hard drive. There I see the file named ".flv" (no quotation marks, of course).

    How can I display this hidden file so I can delete it from my desktop? I've looked everywhere in the desktop configuration items. If the solution is there I'm just looking right past it.

    Thanks.

    bosdad
    you haven't said what desktop you are using . . . but if it were KDE (Dolphin)

    http://paste.opensuse.org/55541941

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    Default Re: How do I see a dot file on my desktop?

    Quote Originally Posted by robin_listas View Post
    On 2014-01-28 01:06, bosdad wrote:

    > Thank you so much. Very easy.


    There are several methods. Some file browsers have an option to display
    hidden files; thus you only have to navigate to the Desktop folder.

    You might, for instance, install 'mc', aka Midnight Commander. It runs
    inside a terminal. It is a very powerful but text mode file browser. It
    can rename hidden files, too.

    --
    Cheers / Saludos,

    Carlos E. R.
    (from 12.3 x86_64 "Dartmouth" at Telcontar)
    Yes, I am able to see dot files in other places -- in Dolphin, for example. And I can delete them from there.

    The renaming solution suggested previously let's me make them visible on the desktop by converting the name from a dot file to a complete name.

    But I am looking for a way to see them on my desktop (assuming that is possible) while they are dot files so that I don't discover by accident that I have an unwanted and, at least for now, invisible file.

    Thx
    bosdad

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    Default Re: How do I see a dot file on my desktop?

    Quote Originally Posted by farcusnz View Post
    you haven't said what desktop you are using . . . but if it were KDE (Dolphin)

    http://paste.opensuse.org/55541941

    Dolphin.

    As I described in the prior reply, I can see the dot files in other places. I can see them in Dolphin. That's not an issue.

    What I'm trying to find is a way to see dot files on my desktop so that I don't discover them by accident when looking at my backup hard drive or seeing them in Dolphin.

    My question remains, is there a way to view a dot file on the KDE desktop?

    Thx
    bosdad

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    Default Re: How do I see a dot file on my desktop?

    Quote Originally Posted by bosdad View Post
    Dolphin.

    As I described in the prior reply, I can see the dot files in other places. I can see them in Dolphin. That's not an issue.

    What I'm trying to find is a way to see dot files on my desktop so that I don't discover them by accident when looking at my backup hard drive or seeing them in Dolphin.

    My question remains, is there a way to view a dot file on the KDE desktop?

    Thx
    bosdad
    I'm not quite understanding what you are getting at . . .

    as you have files on the desktop I assume you are using Folder View in KDE.

    Just right click on the desktop and select open with dolphin
    Then in dolphin just choose to show hidden files.

    Everything you have on the desktop is simply located in the folder ~/desktop/

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    Default Re: How do I see a dot file on my desktop?

    Quote Originally Posted by farcusnz View Post
    I'm not quite understanding what you are getting at . . .

    as you have files on the desktop I assume you are using Folder View in KDE.

    Just right click on the desktop and select open with dolphin
    Then in dolphin just choose to show hidden files.

    Everything you have on the desktop is simply located in the folder ~/desktop/

    Yes, I am using Folder View in KDE.

    When right clicking on my desktop I do not have an Open with Dolphin. Rather, I have Open with Home. That does then display the contents of my desktop and I do have Dolphin configured to show hidden files. That is not my issue.

    Still asking the same question.... Is there a way to display (view) dot files on my desktop (without having to open Dolphin and looking there to see what's now hidden on my desktop)?

    Thanks. )
    bosdad

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    Default Re: How do I see a dot file on my desktop?

    On 01/28/2014 10:36 PM, bosdad pecked at the keyboard and wrote:
    > farcusnz;2620148 Wrote:
    >> I'm not quite understanding what you are getting at . . .
    >>
    >> as you have files on the desktop I assume you are using -Folder View- in
    >> KDE.
    >>
    >> Just right click on the desktop and select -open with dolphin-
    >> Then in dolphin just choose to show hidden files.
    >>
    >> Everything you have on the desktop is simply located in the folder
    >> ~/desktop/

    >
    > Yes, I am using -Folder View- in KDE.
    >
    > When right clicking on my desktop I do not have an -Open with Dolphin-.
    > Rather, I have -Open with Home-. That does then display the contents of
    > my desktop and I do have Dolphin configured to show hidden files. That
    > is not my issue.
    >
    > Still asking the same question.... Is there a way to _*display*_ (view)
    > dot files on my desktop (without having to open Dolphin and looking
    > there to see what's now hidden on my desktop)?
    >
    > Thanks. )
    > bosdad
    >
    >


    Not easily and you wouldn't want to. Best to leave this to a program
    like dolphin.

    Ken

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