home files on desktop

Tom H tomh0665 at gmail.com
Wed Feb 24 14:10:06 UTC 2010

>  > One of my users managed to display all her $HOME files and dirs on her
>  > desktop, although ~/Desktop is empty. How can this happen?

>> Look for the variable XDG_DESKTOP_DIR in ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs .

> that was it - although I still don't understand how an unexperienced user,
> ignorant about the command line, can have changed this.

Someone suggested
gconftool --set --type bool \
/apps/nautilus/preferences/desktop_is_home_dir false

You can do the same thing in a GUI by launching gconf-editor from
alt-f2, navigating to that key and changing it.

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