Why does nautilus create folders in my home directory by default?

Rahul Sundaram sundaram at fedoraproject.org
Mon May 7 19:08:39 UTC 2007

Alexander Larsson wrote:
> On Sun, 2007-05-06 at 20:43 +0200, Rubin wrote:
>> I don't know about anyone else but I find it hard to imagine that anyone
>>  actually likes this behaviour; after all, who is not annoyed like hell
>> about directories like "My eBooks", "My Pictures", "My Music", etc that
>> incessantly re-create themselves in your home directory on some other
>> operating system whose name I shall not mention? It is _my_ home
>> directory, not some scratchpad for badly designed software, excuse the
>> venom.
> This is weird. Once you've removed the directory, when
> xdg-user-dirs-update is run a second time (i.e. on next login) we should
> notice that its not there and remap the setting for that directory type
> to $home.
> Can you try something like
> grep VIDEOS ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs
> which should print:
> (or something)
> Then remove ~/Videos and run xdg-user-dirs-update. What happens to the
> user-dirs.dir file? Does it not now have:

Yes. This works as expected. Remove folders and relogin and it does not 
create the folders. However rebooting and logging into the system I find 
the folders are created automatically again.


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