disappearing files that are still there

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bad medicine
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disappearing files that are still there

Post by bad medicine » Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:42 am

Thought I better start a new topic since I wans't getting any response on my "lots of issues developing" thread.

I opened a pdf link with Document Viewer and saved a copy of the pdf to my desktop. But when I close all windows and look at the desktop its not there. But when I go to >Open file in Document Viewer and navigate to the Desktop, there it is, and the file opens just fine. But when I navigate to Desktop in terminal or through folders in the GUI, its not there.

Why where what, etc. :?:
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Re: disappearing files that are still there

Post by Cosmo. » Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:00 am

bad medicine wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:42 am
Why where what, etc. :?:
For such a a question we need at least the most basic system specs: What is your version of Mint and what is the desktop environment? If you don't know open a terminal and enter:

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inxi -Sz
Paste the output here.

Right click the desktop and select to open it in a terminal. Enter ls. Does it show there? Is there probably a dot as the first sign of the file name?

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Re: disappearing files that are still there

Post by FreedomTruth » Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:22 am

I know it's the "newbie" forum, and you may not be comfortable with the terminal (yet)... but the find command could be useful here. Not knowing the name of the file, I'll use "example.pdf" ... open a terminal, and enter the command

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find -type f -name "example.pdf"
and that will search your home folder for such a file, returning its location.
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Re: disappearing files that are still there

Post by all41 » Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:30 am

Could these be hidden files beginning with a period (.)?
Perhaps your file manager is set to view hidden files and that is why
you can see them there.
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Re: disappearing files that are still there

Post by bad medicine » Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:59 am

All the info is in my post and signature.

Cinnamon, 17.3, I' ve already done terminal visual scans, GUI visual scans, terminal finds and lists of the Desktop and its not there. But if I use Document Viewer, its right there, on the Desktop. Its not a hidden file, although it is invisible! You might want to read the other thread I mentioned because this is not the only issue I've had

viewtopic.php?f=90&t=259902

Perhaps this is somehow related to Firejail too, because the file was probably downloaded from a browser link when I was using the browser in Firejail. Document Viewer is not running in Firejail though, and its the only program that can find the file on my Desktop. but I tried Libre and Master PDF which are not jailed and neither of those can see the file. I've triple checked the properties of the file, and I have the name exactly right and it shows it to be on the Desktop!

Until now. It just disappeared from Document Viewer too. :roll: Now its completely gone. Fun.
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Re: disappearing files that are still there

Post by bad medicine » Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:07 pm

I went back to the link and now saved it to a flash drive. It seems to be there. So the situation may be resolved, but the question remains. What happened, and why? There's plenty of disk space.
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Re: disappearing files that are still there

Post by Boca » Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:40 am

I had a similar problem viewtopic.php?f=90&t=264319 and FreedomTruth recognised the similarity with this thread.

In my case, FireJail was preventing visibility of downloaded files ( which is what it is meant to do).

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Re: disappearing files that are still there

Post by Hoser Rob » Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:17 am

bad medicine wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:59 am
All the info is in my post and signature. ....
No it's not. Please do as asked.

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