[Lubuntu] Permanently delete user Public folders?

John Hupp lubuntu at prpcompany.com
Mon Feb 25 22:08:12 UTC 2013

On 2/23/2013 4:58 PM, P Bielecki wrote:
> 23.02.2013 20:44, John Hupp:
>> I understand that the Public folder for each user is a vestige of
>> other/older implementations that employed the Personal File Sharing tool
>> (gnome-user-share).  It gives the impression of being like a Windows
>> "Shared Documents folder but does not function as such.
>> It can be deleted, but something restores it again.
>> Does anyone know how to permanently delete this for each/all users?
> Hi John,
> I think the mentioned dirs are created at user login by
> /usr/bin/xdg-user-dirs-update
> executed from /etc/X11/Xsession.d/60xdg-user-dirs-update
> Have a look in /etc/xdg/user-dirs.conf and try setting
> or perhaps
> enabled=False
> or changing content of the following for each individual user:
> ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs
> I hope this helps.
> cheers!
Thanks for the very helpful clues (and to Chris Green for confirming 
part 2 of that).

Since I was more interested in a global application, I looked at 

The portion of interest there reads:

# This controls the behaviour of xdg-user-dirs-update which is run on 
user login
# You can also have per-user config in ~/.config/user-dirs.conf, or specify
# the XDG_CONFIG_HOME and/or XDG_CONFIG_DIRS to override this


I don't know what "or specify the XDG_CONFIG_HOME and/or XDG_CONFIG_DIRS 
to override this" means -- where, for instance, those values should be 

But it seemed to me that setting enabled=False here might cause 
xdg-user-dirs-update not to run.  And again, I don't know what the 
consequences of that would be.

There didn't seem to be support for entering XDG_PUBLICSHARE_DIR="" here 
in this file.

But sitting right there also is /etc/xdg/user-dirs.defaults.  And there, 
changing PUBLICSHARE=Public to PUBLICSHARE= gave me what I was looking for.

Oddly enough, event with key search words from your post, I could not 
find official documentation of this anywhere at wiki.ubuntu.com or 
help.ubuntu.com.  There is https://wiki.ubuntu.com/TIPs_of_use_ubuntu 
which looks relevant, but there is something wrong with the page's 
coding and its rendering makes it nearly useless.
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