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Recently, a lot of hidden folders in my home directories strated becoming visible, (ie. losing the leading dot) - folders such as 'gtk-2.0', 'google-chrome' and 'textroom' started appearing in my home folder. I though it might be a permissions issue with the . folders, so I deleted the new 'undotted' folders and the old 'dotted' ones. But it seems that every now and then a program triggers something which causes some conf file or another to be written to '~/folder/file' instead of '~/.folder/file'
Anyone have a clue as to what could be causing this?
MMMmmm... This is a mystery indeed. If you still have folders as disparate as 'gtk-2.0', 'google-chrome' and 'textroom' losing dots, there a likely explanation: someone is renaming them. The dottedness, afaik, is a convention. Individual applications dot their own folders and put them in $HOME because they want to, not because of some system setting. (Check that your $HOME is sane.) It is extremely unlikely that unrelated applications all suddenly bug out in this way, so I suspect a single culprit renaming the files. I've never seen a vanilla GNU/Linux install do anything this weird, and I am actually typing this up on a Slack 13.1 x64 that has no such behavior, so think back to customizations you've made and scripts and bash aliases you've added (edit: or removed) since installation.
Last edited by qweasd; 12-24-2010 at 01:47 PM.
Reason: more info