recognize Unix-style hidden files

Francois Gouget fgouget at
Fri Sep 13 19:12:13 CDT 2002

On Fri, 13 Sep 2002, Dimitrie O. Paun wrote:
> > Also hidden files are much harder to access under Windows than dot
> > files under Unix, so I'm not sure it would really be better for the user.
> So we have a problem. I, as a _user_, sure want the ability to
> turn the dot files into hidden files. Current behaviour bothers
> me to no end, and I'll bet you a dollar in small change I'm not
> alone. So maybe you want to make this configurable, but who is
> gonna turn it off?

What you want is not so much to have files starting with a '.' to have
the hidden DOS file attribute set, but not to see them in open dialogs.

Currently the same dialogs are hiding file extensions and this is
bothering me to no end too. In that case what needs fixing is the open
dialog. Maybe it is the same for files starting with a '.'?

I'm assuming this is all done using common dialogs so then what we need
 * a flag to tell the common dialog to not hide file extensions
 * another flag to tell it to hide file extensions

And ideally these flags should be settable from the 'open' dialog itself
(extra button, item in the right-click menu on the file list) because
we don't really have an ubiquitous 'Explorer' (ok we have winefile but
is it ever used?).

Does the above make sense?

Francois Gouget         fgouget at
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       That way, if he gets angry, he'll be a mile away - and barefoot.

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