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Recently, I installed Ubuntu 12.04. For some reason, i backed-up my home directory contents to another directory(say bkp dir). Precisely, I moved Documents, Pictures, Downloads, etc.. to bkp directory. Now, Deleted all my original home directory contents. I restored all the bkp directory content back to home. I find them all on my Desktop. I believe some kinda chain is broken. I dont find respective home directories icons on them. How do i restore it? Also, i dont find them in my places options.

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Thanks...

ls -lh ~ ~/Desktop

nuthan@nuthan-desktop:~$ ls -lh ~ ~/Desktop
/home/nuthan:
total 2.8M
drwxr-x--- 11 nuthan nuthan 4.0K May 28 20:05 android-sdk-linux
drwxrwxr-x  4 nuthan nuthan 4.0K May 25 13:36 android-sdks
drwxrwxr-x  2 nuthan nuthan 4.0K May 18 17:30 convert
-rw-rw-r--  1 nuthan nuthan    0 May 30 09:07 dependancies~
drwxr-xr-x  2 nuthan nuthan 4.0K Jun  6 14:16 Desktop
drwxrwxrwx  6 nuthan nuthan 4.0K Jun  6 12:06 Documents
drwxr-xr-x 28 nuthan nuthan  12K Jun  6 13:52 Downloads
drwxrwxr-x  2 nuthan nuthan 4.0K Mar  6 13:23 examples
-rw-r--r--  1 nuthan nuthan 8.3K May 11 16:19 examples.desktop
drwxrwxr-x  4 nuthan nuthan 4.0K May 18 19:04 github
-rw-rw-r--  1 nuthan nuthan    0 May 28 18:40 linux~
drwxr-xr-x  2 nuthan nuthan 4.0K May 11 16:46 Music
drwxrwxr-x  2 nuthan nuthan 4.0K May 30 08:48 node-code
drwxrwxr-x  4 nuthan nuthan 4.0K May 30 08:40 node_modules
drwxr-xr-x  7 nuthan nuthan 4.0K May 25 13:55 noduino
drwxrwxr-x  2 nuthan nuthan 4.0K May 30 11:58 nuthan
drwxrwxrwx  3 nuthan nuthan 4.0K May 24 11:13 Pictures
drwxrwxr-x  6 nuthan nuthan 4.0K Mar  6 13:23 public
drwxr-xr-x  2 nuthan nuthan 4.0K May 25 11:44 Public
drwxrwxr-x  2 nuthan nuthan 4.0K May 29 18:50 python
-rw-rw-r--  1 nuthan nuthan 983K Jun  6 14:16 Screenshot from 2012-06-06 14:16:37.png
-rw-rw-r--  1 nuthan nuthan 980K Jun  6 14:20 Screenshot from 2012-06-06 14:20:24.png
-rw-rw-r--  1 nuthan nuthan 731K Jun  6 14:22 Screenshot from 2012-06-06 14:22:06.png
drwxrwxr-x  3 nuthan nuthan 4.0K May 31 18:17 sketchbook
drwxrwxr-x  2 nuthan nuthan 4.0K Jun  6 13:05 sql
-rw-rw-r--  1 nuthan nuthan  201 May 28 22:08 sql~
drwxr-xr-x  2 nuthan nuthan 4.0K May 11 16:46 Templates
-rw-rw-r--  1 nuthan nuthan 5.1K Jun  4 12:29 test~
drwxrwxr-x  3 nuthan nuthan 4.0K May 14 11:09 Titanium_Studio
drwxrwxr-x  4 nuthan nuthan 4.0K May 14 21:00 Titanium Studio Workspace
drwxrwxr-x  4 nuthan nuthan 4.0K Jun  1 18:29 TPM_Trak
drwxrwxr-x  2 nuthan nuthan 4.0K May 24 17:30 Ubuntu One
drwxr-xr-x  2 nuthan nuthan 4.0K May 11 16:46 Videos
drwxrwxr-x  6 nuthan nuthan 4.0K May 31 15:10 workspace
drwxrwxr-x  3 nuthan nuthan 4.0K May 14 11:57 Zend

/home/nuthan/Desktop:
total 20K
-rw-rw-r-- 1 nuthan nuthan  441 May 30 09:07 dependancies
-rw-rw-r-- 1 nuthan nuthan 1.6K May 28 18:40 linux
-rw-rw-r-- 1 nuthan nuthan  470 May 28 22:16 sql
-rw-rw-r-- 1 nuthan nuthan 5.1K Jun  4 19:34 test
nuthan@nuthan-desktop:~$ 
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You can probably restore it by moving the folders from the desktop to your home folder, but it's possible to tell for sure before trying it. Please open a Terminal window (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run ls -lh ~ ~/Desktop. Edit your question to include all the output (using the <$> tool in the Ask Ubuntu editing toolbar, so it appears correctly). But make sure you're not conveying any sensitive information. For example, if you're a doctor and you have a file with a patient's name in the filename in your home directory, you should make sure to redact that before saving your edits. –  Eliah Kagan Jun 6 '12 at 9:04
    
Hey Thanks @EliahKagan ls -lh ~ ~/Desktop output edited above. –  nuthan Jun 6 '12 at 9:11
    
Well, this shows that the folders you restored really are in your home directory, and not stored in the desktop folder. I'm not sure why they're appearing on the desktop. This is almost certainly a Nautilus issue, so hopefully someone more experienced with Nautilus will be able to give you a good answer. –  Eliah Kagan Jun 6 '12 at 9:15

1 Answer 1

up vote 3 down vote accepted

I had to change the XDG references in xdg-user-dirs-update file

Answered at: https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+question/199558

file location: /home/username/.config/user-dirs.dirs

From

# This file is written by xdg-user-dirs-update
# If you want to change or add directories, just edit the line you're
# interested in. All local changes will be retained on the next run
# Format is XDG_xxx_DIR="$HOME/yyy", where yyy is a shell-escaped
# homedir-relative path, or XDG_xxx_DIR="/yyy", where /yyy is an
# absolute path. No other format is supported.
#
XDG_DESKTOP_DIR="$HOME/"
XDG_DOWNLOAD_DIR="$HOME/"
XDG_TEMPLATES_DIR="$HOME/"
XDG_PUBLICSHARE_DIR="$HOME/"
XDG_DOCUMENTS_DIR="$HOME/"
XDG_MUSIC_DIR="$HOME/"
XDG_PICTURES_DIR="$HOME/"
XDG_VIDEOS_DIR="$HOME/"

To

# This file is written by xdg-user-dirs-update
# If you want to change or add directories, just edit the line you're
# interested in. All local changes will be retained on the next run
# Format is XDG_xxx_DIR="$HOME/yyy", where yyy is a shell-escaped
# homedir-relative path, or XDG_xxx_DIR="/yyy", where /yyy is an
# absolute path. No other format is supported.
#
XDG_DESKTOP_DIR="$HOME/Desktop"
XDG_DOWNLOAD_DIR="$HOME/Downloads"
XDG_TEMPLATES_DIR="$HOME/Templates"
XDG_PUBLICSHARE_DIR="$HOME/Public"
XDG_DOCUMENTS_DIR="$HOME/Documents"
XDG_MUSIC_DIR="$HOME/Music"
XDG_PICTURES_DIR="$HOME/Pictures"
XDG_VIDEOS_DIR="$HOME/Videos"
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