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Whenever I boot into Ubuntu, something (frankly, I'm not sure which program does that) creates a bunch of directories, namely ~/Music, ~/Videos, ~/Documents, and ~/Audiobooks.

I know it's possible to change the names of these directories with ubuntu-tweak, but I don't want these directories in the first place...

How do I prevent Ubuntu, or whatever program is responsible for the creation of these Directories, from creating them?

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up vote 13 down vote accepted

Go to System → Preferences → Startup Application and disable "User folder update".

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short and simple- that did the trick. thank you! :D – user2817 Dec 3 '10 at 13:46
Is this still the case in 12.4? Because I don't have this as a startup application, and yet the annoying directories are still being created. – Sam Wilson Jul 20 '12 at 8:55

You can also use UbuntuTweak to set them to arbitrary directories.

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