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Thread: How to burn hidden files on a DVD

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2009

    Question How to burn hidden files on a DVD


    I'm reelly new to Linux. I've been testing it for about 2 weeks now.And I love to use it. All worked fine until I decided to use Ubuntu as my primary OS. I need to reinstall and change all partitions.
    I want to backup Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird on a DVD. But these files are hidden files and I can't burn them. I don't want that my bookmarks and emails get lost.
    Could someone help?
    Thanks very much in advance

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

    Re: How to burn hidden files on a DVD

    you could just copy the contents of the hidden files (probably something like ~/.firefox) into a non hidden folder, then burn that one.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus

    Re: How to burn hidden files on a DVD

    The best way is to compress all the stuff you want to backup into a .tar.gz archieve (like a .zip file). It is possible to backup the dotfiles without doing this, but putting everything into a .tar.gz has the benefit that it will store file permissions as well.

    To do it in a GUI, open the file manager, go to your home directory, press Ctrl-h to dispaly hidden files. THen select everything you want to include in the backup, right-click and select "Create Archive" from the popup menu. Set the archive format to .tar.gz or .tar.bz2 and click "Create".

    Now you can easily burn the created archive file to CD/DVD.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    City of Pines

    Re: How to burn hidden files on a DVD

    Simple. While logged on your account, click on Places->Home Folder to open your user folder using nautilus. Once opened, press Ctrl+H to show all hidden files and folders. Copy the hidden folder you want to backup to a new *unhidden* folder for burning.
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