nautilus & hidden files

Andy stude.list at
Fri Apr 18 11:02:38 UTC 2008

ssc1478 wrote:
> How do I get the Show Hidden Files option to stick in Nautilus?  I want
> it to be selected permanently.

Open gconf-editor (Applications->System->Configuration Editor) or type
gconf-editor at the terminal.

Open the tree on the left to:
-> Desktop
---> gnome
-----> file_views

and on the top right tick the box next to "show_hidden_files"

You may also want to look at the show_backup_files option.

(Tested on Ubuntu 6.06LTS, wording or commands may differ on other versions)

Hope that helps.


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