Tl,dr: See bottom.
If you're a web developer, there's no getting around SFTP (and unfortunately still FTP). I use FileZilla for that. It's free and does the job. However, I worked with it for almost 7 years without it showing me hidden files and directories. Via ssh I could always find the corresponding data on the server. Just not with FileZilla. This drove me crazy. Because, of course, I had to transfer
.htaccess files and other hidden stuff in several cases. Most of the time I dragged and dropped them from the Finder view (hidden files are displayed on the Mac with
.) in the local development environment into the directory on the target server. Conversely, FileZilla found the files on the server when I explicitly searched for them using the search function.
Force hidden files to show
I can't tell you how many times I clicked on "Force show hidden files". But I do know that it never did anything. As it turns out, this feature is a holdover from the old days and has no effect on modern servers. So if it works for you, I recommend updating the server. But how to show hidden files now?
Hidden files and directories were filtered out
Recently, I wanted to show only the files of a certain type, so I started to use FileZilla's filter function. And what caught my eye? A check mark at "Configuration Files". I don't know how it got there, because I never opened this menu before. FileZilla has mostly stayed in factory settings for me so far. Well. After unchecking it, I was shown all the hidden data on my server. The only thing that amazes me is that I have googled this problem so many times and never has this solution been suggested. Maybe they just assume that a normal person would check their filter settings beforehand. Ha! They didn't reckon with me!
So here's the tl;dr:
Go to View-> "File and Directory Filters" and make sure no check mark is set on "Configuration Files". More information can be found here: Filename Filters - FileZilla Wiki.
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