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#1 2013-09-10 08:15:01

MrPilzer
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Get rid of standard home folders (Desktop, Documents etc.)?

Hi all,

Is there any way to get rid of the standard folders in home directories (Desktop, Documents, Downloads. Images, Music and Videos)?

I never use them and have trouble finding a way of permanently deleting them.

Thanks.

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#2 2013-09-10 08:24:14

arojas
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Re: Get rid of standard home folders (Desktop, Documents etc.)?

Can you be more precise about that "trouble"? What happens if you delete them?

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#3 2013-09-10 08:47:42

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Re: Get rid of standard home folders (Desktop, Documents etc.)?

Sounds like XDG User Directories:

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Xd … irs-update

However in my experience I have to go out of my way to create them in the first place - the utility (xdg-user-dirs-update) isn't installed by default with Xfce4.  It might be with a different desktop environment.


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#4 2013-09-10 09:00:48

donniezazen
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Re: Get rid of standard home folders (Desktop, Documents etc.)?

What DE are you using? Gnome installs it on its own. KDE doesn't. Do you have xdg-user-dirs installed?

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#5 2013-09-10 09:14:35

Murray_B
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Re: Get rid of standard home folders (Desktop, Documents etc.)?

wine creates some of those folders outside of "~/.wine" too, you can disable this with winecfg, if I remember correctly it is in the "desktop integration"-tab.

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#6 2013-09-10 09:15:21

cju
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Re: Get rid of standard home folders (Desktop, Documents etc.)?

donniezazen wrote:

Gnome installs it on its own.

And so does Firefox, at least the Desktop-Folder. smile

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#7 2013-09-10 10:17:32

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Re: Get rid of standard home folders (Desktop, Documents etc.)?

I don't see the point in deleting them, but I'm not going to question why.

I know that Caja (MATE's file manager) requires at least a Desktop folder to be there within a users home directory before it starts.


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#8 2013-09-10 14:17:26

satanselbow
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Re: Get rid of standard home folders (Desktop, Documents etc.)?

This page should offer some ideas on how to manage them to your liking. "Best" advise would be to point them all at your $HOME folder or various apps that expect to be able to find them with probably cry wink

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#9 2013-09-11 06:21:02

MrPilzer
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Re: Get rid of standard home folders (Desktop, Documents etc.)?

"Best" advise would be to point them all at your $HOME folder or various apps that expect to be able to find them with probably cry wink

This did the trick indeed smile


I don't see the point in deleting them, but I'm not going to question why.

Then why post your remark? I never knew they could be renamed of be given another path. Thats why I wanted them of off my system. (the default configuration   with uppercase names and path wasnt to my liking at all)


Thanks everybody

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#10 2013-09-11 06:35:34

headkase
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Re: Get rid of standard home folders (Desktop, Documents etc.)?

MrPilzer wrote:

I don't see the point in deleting them, but I'm not going to question why.

Then why post your remark? I never knew they could be renamed of be given another path. Thats why I wanted them of off my system. (the default configuration   with uppercase names and path wasnt to my liking at all)

Hey, bud,

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Fo … way_Street

Also: edit your first post and put "[Solved]" somewhere in the title.


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#11 2013-09-12 01:51:18

DaveCode
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Re: Get rid of standard home folders (Desktop, Documents etc.)?

General XDG tip for the interested. You can keep HOME clean and make systems faster putting throwaway stuff in tmpfs. I use /etc/profile.d scripts. Trash can get tricky.

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#12 2013-09-12 02:10:38

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Re: Get rid of standard home folders (Desktop, Documents etc.)?

Mine never had all cap names, though. (Even before I translated most of them to a language more to my liking...)


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#13 2013-09-13 03:51:59

DaveCode
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Re: Get rid of standard home folders (Desktop, Documents etc.)?

Well I barely ever look at them so the title doesn't matter except to explain itself in file listings. To each his own. If you use them sure give decent names but include the $USER var in it.

KDE needs some help too.

/etc/profile.d/05-kde-custom.sh

# KDE cache can take 1 GiB of disk, move out of /var/tmp
# and remember /var/tmp stuff is NOT deleted on reboots
# by Linux convention (which we violate on purpose).

unset    KDEVARTMP
export   KDEVARTMP="/tmp/KDEVARTMP_$USER"
mkdir "${KDEVARTMP}"  2> /dev/null

unset    KDETMP
export   KDETMP="/tmp/KDETMP_$USER"
mkdir "${KDETMP}"  2> /dev/null

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#14 2013-09-13 12:03:08

ElKatrina
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Re: Get rid of standard home folders (Desktop, Documents etc.)?

Lots of browsers (firefox, chromium etc) are configured to use both Downloads and Desktop folder unless you configure them otherwise. This might be why you have ``trouble'' deleting them permanently, browsers recreate those folders if they can't find them

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#15 2013-09-13 17:18:21

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Re: Get rid of standard home folders (Desktop, Documents etc.)?

I have always been bothered by the "Desktop" folder, that either pidgin or firefox creates regularly. A few years back, a fellow archer came up with "rmshit" to delete crap as it was created.

https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=97979

I never tried it though.

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