How do you keep hidden files hidden?

I am re-writing a Replit course shell for Java for a high school course which was started by Brendon McCart in your Curriculum Hub.

I find it useful when I want to create a similar lesson to the last one, to use Copy into the same course team and unit. When this happens, I have a problem with the formerly “hidden” files becoming un-hidden. I can reset this in the menu, but the next time I open the lesson it forgets and un-hides them again; and it un-hides them for the students as well.

Example click here.

If this is a bug, it is an annoying one. If it is a feature, how do you turn it off?


Hey @MrKingICS welcome to the forums!

You are able to edit the .replit file to hide any file you want. Also the page you liked brings me to a 404 error. If the repl is part of a team for EDU we wont be able to access it.

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Any file I want? How about the .replit file itself? That, and replit.nix?

Those should be hidden by default and I don’t think it can be changed. If its being shown that’s a bug.

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This is the problem. I can “hide hidden files” in the menu, but it is forgotten about by the next time the page loads. This seems to affect lessons I have copied under teams for edu.

Im assuming that that is in the file explorer. If so I will need to investigate.

I posted a bug report

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It’s a bug that’s been there for a while. I submitted a bug report some time ago.

Didn’t you get any reply by Replit Staff?

No. I submitted it through the old Feedback option.

@hugoondev I believe someone replied through other channels some time ago, and I was told that the problem was that, for whatever reason, when copying a repl from another team, it sometimes gets copied to a repl that has no language definition. The side effect is that there are a lot of formerly hidden files that will tend to show up in the file explorer on the left sidebar. So I then have to zip the files I want into an archive, then create a repl for Java. Once done I upload and unzip the files into the new repl, delete the zip, delete the undefined repl, and all is fixed.

So, it can be repaired, but it does take a fair bit of time, since this happened to several of my repls.