DC++ can see all hidden files
November 19, 2007 Leave a comment
When you have “Share hidden files” in DC++’s settings checked, DC++ will obviously share all of your hidden files. DC++ consider a hidden file as such if the file name is starting with “.” or if the “hidden” attribute exist in the file’s properties.
In Windows (Vista), you can see and hide the hidden files with the setting “Show hidden files and folders” (or similarly named in other flavors of Windows). Even if you don’t have this option selected (and the DC++ setting selected), DC++ will still be able to see your files and share them.
However, there’s an instance where you might not catch that you are infact sharing hidden files; If they’re “protected operating system files”. Windows have, yet another, setting to toggle the visibility of those files. And even if you don’t want to see those files in Explorer et al, DC++ will be able to see them and the files will be shared.
It’s a wise choice to constantly view your file list if you are indeed sharing the hidden files, so you aren’t sharing unwanted material. I recently found a system where unwanted images were shared, because DC++’s setting was on, and ITunes had (somehow) set that the files were protected operating system files.