I would like to hide dotfiles only in the home directory in dired buffers, but I do not know how to achieve this. I have been trying with the following:

(use-package dired
  :ensure nil
  :commands (dired dired-jump)
  :bind (("C-x C-j" . dired-jump)
         (:map dired-mode-map ("C-c h" . dired-omit-mode)))
  (setq dired-omit-files (rx (seq bol "."))) ; hide dotfiles in dired-omit-mode

  (defun najjt/dired-after-readin ()
    "Turn on dired-omit-mode if current buffer is a dired buffer in the home directory."
    (if (string-equal (buffer-name) "najjt") ; check if current buffer name is equal to name of home dir
        (dired-omit-mode 1)
      (dired-omit-mode nil)))

  :hook ((dired-after-readin . (lambda () (najjt/dired-after-readin))))

But it seems to hide dotfiles in all directories, not just my home directory.

  • 3
    .dir-locals.el may help
    – shynur
    Commented Dec 27, 2023 at 16:31

1 Answer 1


Instead of bothering with using dired-omit-mode to hide dot files, just use the ls switches that give you that behavior (pretty much anything other than switch -a).

And do that only in a particular directory (e.g., your home directory) by using a .dir-locals-file that specifies the specific value of dired-listing-switches that gives you the behavior you want.

(.dir-locals-file is the default value of variable dir-locals-file. See (elisp) Directory Local Variables.)

  • So, I have created a file called .dir-locals.el in my home directory, which contains this: ((dired-mode . ((dired-listing-switches . "-lh")))). I am not sure this is correct, however, because it does not hide anything.
    – najjt
    Commented Dec 28, 2023 at 13:29

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