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Given a partition intended solely for storing music, video and so-on, is it possible to hide the lost+found directory?

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Create a subdirectory in that filesystem and share/symlink that instead of the filesystem root directory.

It's a bad idea to remove the lost+found directory. When recovering, fsck needs an existing multi-sector directory in which to create directory entries for lost files. If there is no lost+found directory, then it has to create one, potentially overwriting data.

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Any sources on that? –  kubanczyk Jun 26 '09 at 20:43
    
By "sources on that" I assume you mean references? It's not mentioned in any manpages that I can find, but it's mentioned here (thanks, Google): aplawrence.com/SCOFAQ/FAQ_scotec1fsck_lostfound.html –  MikeyB Jun 26 '09 at 21:06
    
Real bad idea to remove it. FSCK will recreate, but as said above potentially causing more damage. –  Tonny Sep 9 '11 at 10:37
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No. But you can delete it (it'll be recreated at the next fsck), or you can use a different file system which doesn't need a lost+found. ext2/3 does.

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Yeah, but you could have a script that deletes it after fsck runs. I don't really know what the point of this would be though. –  BobbyShaftoe May 19 '09 at 5:59
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Nautilus (and Konq?) will interpret a .hidden file in a directory as a list of files to hide. Otherwise, as others have suggested, use XFS or ReiserFS.

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Wow, that solved my problem! Thanks. –  thomasrutter Jan 23 '10 at 0:36
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Create a folder called .hidden in the root folder of the drive.

Edit the contents to read:

lost+found

Nautilus will now hide the lost+found folder if you refresh.

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Lost+Found is where FSCK is going to deposit bits of files that it was able to recover if your file system is damaged. If the directory is currently empty, you are safe to just delete it.

FSCK (I believe) will re-create it if it has anything that needs to be put there.

Not sure why the presence of that directory is problematic for you, though?

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$ ls --ignore=lost+found

So make that an alias

$ alias ls='ls --ignore=lost+found'

With the updated ls that is part of GNU coreutils 8.15

re: http://www.askapache.com/linux-unix/bash_profile-functions-advanced-shell.html

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rmdir lost+found
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No. It can't be hidden because under UNIX os's, only files that begin with a period are hidden from a standard view.

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