Saturday, 3 March 2012

How to hide a file or folder in Linux

This is a basic question that arises in the mind of the most new linux users. This can be easily achieved in linux. Its a matter of just adding a do in front of the file/folder name in linux.

For example, to hide a file called 'linux-tips.txt', we just need to add a dot in front of it. It will be like this.


.linux-tips.txt

You can use the mv command to do it in command line. The above can be done like this:

mv linux-tips.txt .linux-tips.txt

Once we add the dot infront of it, it won't be visible in 'ls' command. You can view the hidden files by using 'ls -a' command.

The same method works for folders also. 

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