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Old 05-16-2008, 01:30 PM   #1
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How to make files hidden from windows when using linux.?


Windows files have the options/flags-
Read-only
Hidden
Archive
system


How can I set these file options using a linux OS.
I have a thumb drive containing files that I want to remain hidden when viewed on a windows xp machine. How do I set the windows hidden flag on files I create on linux?
 
Old 05-16-2008, 02:15 PM   #2
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If you want to use the GUI, you can pretty much do the same thing. Just right click on the folder you want to hide, click the permissions tab, and select "None" in the access windows. They will not be available on the network.

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Old 05-16-2008, 02:30 PM   #3
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If you have the mtools installed you can use mattrib for DOS files.

http://man.he.net/man1/mattrib
 
Old 05-16-2008, 02:33 PM   #4
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BobNutfield, that won't work on a FAT file system, which is what the thumbdrive is probably using, and even if it worked it has nothing to do with the question asked.

If I understand it correctly, he wants to mark some files on the (FAT32) thumbdrive as hidden. When he plugs the thumbdrive into a computer running Windows, he wants those files to be considered hidden.

I'm not familiar with how to do this. Obviously, the way to make a file hidden when the thrumbdrive is plugged into a Linux computer is to begin the file name with ".". However, this is completely unrelated with the way it's done by Windows.

(edit: added Oh, apparently it's done with mattrib. Thanks, bsdunix!

Last edited by IsaacKuo; 05-16-2008 at 02:34 PM.
 
Old 05-16-2008, 02:53 PM   #5
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BobNutfield, that won't work on a FAT file system, which is what the thumbdrive is probably using, and even if it worked it has nothing to do with the question asked.
OK, thanks for correcting me. I suppose I didn't understand the question. However, I will tell that when I apply no access to a folder on my home network, that folder is not visible to my Windows machines. That is what I understood the question to be. I apologize for the confused post.

Bob
 
Old 05-19-2008, 02:17 AM   #6
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Thank you for the info BSDUnix.
I installed mtools and mattrib works for me.
I still have to check my files on a windows machine though.

Thanks to you too BobNutfield, for taking the time to answer.
Your answer pertains to a networked environment, I suppose.
 
  


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