assets/Uploads directory is empty

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Why are files hidden in assets/Uploads
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My Uploads directory is empty, yet images load properly. When I view the image, the url says its in the assets/Uploads directory. Yet filezilla shows nothing.

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On a standard 4.3 install, you should find published files in public/assets/Uploads/ in there ought to be a bunch of directories with alphanumeric names and inside those will be the files.

Yes I know that. My question is why does the picture URL direct us to a non existent location.

If it’s an image that has not been published yet the request will be rewritten relative to ‘public/assets/.protected/’ instead of ‘public/assets/’. The ‘.protected’ directory may be invisible in FileZilla if you’re not displaying hidden files and folders (you should be able to change this with a preference).