Opened 16 years ago

Last modified 10 years ago

#840 closed Bug report

unix hidden files are not hidden

Reported by: vossman77 Owned by: Eirik
Priority: normal Component: FileZilla Client
Keywords: Cc: vossman77, Eirik, apang, Alexander Schuch
Component version: Operating system type:
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unix hidden files (such as .something dot-something)
are not hidden on remote servers

using version 2.2.10 under WinXP

Change History (8)

comment:1 by apang, 16 years ago

Technically, Unix doesn't have hidden files ala Windows, i.e.,
it's not a file attribute. Rather, it is a function performed by
the shell (based on the filename).

Nonetheless, being able to hide these files would be a nice
feature to add.'s SecureShell client has the option
to hide (default) or show (these so-called) hidden files.
Toggling the flag causes that client to refresh (re-retrieve) the
directory contents.

comment:2 by Eirik, 15 years ago

Disabling "Edit - Settings - Interface settings - Remote
file list - Always show hidden files" doesn't do the trick?

Considering solved, closing. Reopen if you still have problems.

comment:3 by vossman77, 15 years ago


I think you are mis-reading the problem. Yes, it blocks
Windows hidden files using that option, but no it doesn ot
block UNIX hidden files.

I haven't checked the latest version, but as of 2.2.13c it
was not fixed. Will check later today. I use fileZilla
exclusive with Linux servers and I get like all 300 hidden
files from my home directory to scroll through. It is a pain.

Let me know if this is actually fixed.


comment:4 by Eirik, 15 years ago

Atleast it works (and always has) for all the *unix servers
I connect to.

Think one of the things that setting does is just filtering
out files which start with a dot. Maybe you could post a log
of when you connect and receive a file list from the server
with the "always show hidden files" enabled and disabled.
Just to be sure, restart filezilla for each try and make
sure the setting is correct each time. Also enable all debug
options in edit -debug.

comment:5 by vossman77, 15 years ago

With "Always show hidden files" UNCHECKED

Does NOT work for the following servers:

SuSe Desktop Linux 9
RedHat Enterprise Linux 4
Fedora Core 2/3/4
RedHat Linux 9
Mac OS X 10.3/10.4

Let me know there is another setting because, it is very


comment:6 by Alexander Schuch, 14 years ago

Does this still happen in current version of FileZilla 2?

comment:7 by Alexander Schuch, 14 years ago

There are some FTP servers which consider themselves more intelligent than the FTP client by doing an "ls -a", even though the client just sent an "ls". As a result, even dot-files are returned in the file list.

FileZilla 3 (beta), the next major version of FileZilla, has directory filters implemented, so you can easily create a remote filter that filters all files starting with a dot.

comment:8 by Alexander Schuch, 14 years ago

Closing the bug. Please use FileZilla 3 (beta) instead.

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