Re: Files and directories showing in CLI but not in GUI
On 5/12/12, Indulekha <email@example.com> wrote:
> On Sat, May 12, 2012 at 11:43:43PM +0000, Marc Shapiro wrote:
>> I had some problems with one of my drives last week (see "System no
>> longer boots" and "How to remove a PV from an LVM VG?"
>> Now my problem is different, and stranger.
>> I thought that I was going to need to get filesystem recovery software
>> to retrieve at least some of my data. Meanwhile, I obtained a spare
>> 80 GB HD and a live DVD ROM which contained Debian Squeeze. I could
>> boot to the live system and I did an install onto the 80 GB drive. I
>> rebooted into the new system and it seemed OK. I installed R-Linux to
>> try and recover my files, but it did not see my old drive (from which
>> I had done the pvmove). It was getting late and I did not want to
>> leave the system up untill I knew that everything was working
>> reasonably. So I powered down.
>> The next day I was unable to boot into the new system without being
>> dropped into a maintenance shell. Aaaargh! So I booted into the live
>> system, again. I looked for my missing files and directories again.
>> Why would I expect to see them? I don't know. Desperation, perhaps.
>> The file browser did not show them. Then I tried something different.
>> I opened a terminal, did a 'cd' to my old home directory which I had
>> mounted at /mnt and did an 'ls'. Lo! And Behold! The missing
>> directories were there. I did a 'cd' into my main documents
>> directory, followed by 'ls' and my files were all there. They show up
>> from the command line, but not from the GUI!
>> Now I really started to wonder. I opened OpenOfficeCalc aqnd tried to
>> browse to the directory and file that I had just seen. Nothing. The
>> directory did not show up. Then I clicked on the icon to 'Type a File
>> Name' and entered the name of the missing directory, followed my a
>> slash. All the files showed up! I selected one of the large .ods
>> files that I use a lot. A message came up, saying:
>> Document file 'xxxxx.xxx' is locked for editing by:
>> xxx ( 06.05.2012 15:49)
>> Open the document read-only or open a copy of the document for editing.
>> The x's above were the file name that I was trying to open and my
>> login on the old system. If I select Open Read-Only the file opens
>> right up. Other files open without the warning. I probably had that
>> particular file open when the system went wonky (it is almost always
>> open) and that is the reason for the warning dialog.
>> So my question is: Why do some of my files and directories show in GUI
>> apps, but not all of them, while all of them seem to show up just fine
>> from the command line?
>> Does anyone have any ideas on this? If all of my files are actually
>> on the disk, in good order, why can I only see them from the command
>> line? Is there something that I can do to make all of the files and
>> directories visible in GUI apps, as well? This would make my life a
>> whole lot easier.
>> Thanks for any help.
Sorry, default Debian installation, so Gnome and Nautilus.
Also Open Office and Gnome Terminal.
Everything also shows up fine from the command line if I switch to vt
1 cd to the directory and then ls.