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These are regular files / folders. I cannot predict what folders or files will become missing on the unity desktop. However, files and folders do show inside the HOME Folder -> Desktop. This appears to be a very bad bug as though Unity doesn't want people to put icons on the desktop! I'm talking about regular files, NOT hidden files or anything. In fact, if I want to make all hidden files folders to appear from the HOME folders, how do I do that?

Here, another person has the same issue and answer remains unanswered.
files and folders do not appear on the unity desktop

The more I use unity, the more frustrated I get. whose dumb decision to remove the command prompt shortcut by default?? now I have to use control alt t.

Debian doesn't have any of these problems. why is ubuntu released in such buggy condition?? Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

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Try Ubuntu Tweak.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

Go to Tweak>Desktop>Desktop Icons. Make sure you are using the latest version.

Hope this helps. :)

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