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Old 01-13-2019, 09:46 PM   #1
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Something is creating dirs in my 'home' dir


Hello All,
I'm running Fedora 29/Cinnamon.
Over the last few days I've been seeing some odd behaviour.
Strangely named dirs are being created in my home dir, each with a different name that cannot be displayed, shown as 'invalid encoding', an example shown in attachment.
These dirs have no contents.
Any ideas as how I can isolate what might be doing this?

Cheers,
Terry
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Old 01-13-2019, 10:00 PM   #2
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No idea, but some thoughts:

Immediately disconnect from all networks, wireless or wired.

Run top or htop to see what processes are running. Make note of any processes you do not recognize, then, if you have access to another computer, try to find out what you can through web searches.

You may be able to delete the strange directories through adroit use of wild cards in the rm or rmdir commands.
 
Old 01-13-2019, 10:38 PM   #3
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From that directory run "fatrace -c -o output.txt". Shut everything you can down first - especially browsers.
 
Old 01-14-2019, 04:51 PM   #4
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No idea, but some thoughts:

Immediately disconnect from all networks, wireless or wired.

Run top or htop to see what processes are running. Make note of any processes you do not recognize, then, if you have access to another computer, try to find out what you can through web searches.

You may be able to delete the strange directories through adroit use of wild cards in the rm or rmdir commands.
Thanks for the thoughts.
Deletion isn't a problem, just select and choose 'delete'.

Cheers,
Terry
 
Old 01-14-2019, 04:52 PM   #5
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From that directory run "fatrace -c -o output.txt". Shut everything you can down first - especially browsers.
Thanks.
Did that and it looks like nemo is the culprit.

Cheers,
Terry
 
Old 01-14-2019, 07:50 PM   #6
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Sounds a lot like this bug that I just ran across in the Fedora users mailing list.
 
Old 01-14-2019, 08:40 PM   #7
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Sounds a lot like this bug that I just ran across in the Fedora users mailing list.
Well spotted, thanks for that.
I've followed the advice there and hopefully that works OK.
The main worry I had was that it was something sinister, but appears not to be.

Cheers,
Terry
 
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^ Great. Can you mark your thread as [SOLVED] then?
 
  


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