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please don't think I'm crazy, but a folder in ~/Downloads which I've deleted (via rmdir) appears again and again. Any idea what's wrong here?

The Ubuntu is Oneiric.

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What's the folder called? Have you added any new scripts or applications lately? We need more information. – Brian Graham Dec 12 '11 at 19:00
Have you solved your question? – pl1nk Jun 24 '12 at 22:07

There are some "Special" directories in your home directory, Downloads are one of them.

=== Command line / manual method ===

edit ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs ,

gedit ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs

it should look like this:

# 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.

Delete or comment out ( add a # at the start) the XDG_DOWNLOAD_DIR="$HOME/Downloads" line

Then delete ~/Downloads

If that fails, install and run Ubuntu Tweak

Screen Shot

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Just a guess: Maybe this folder is set as the download folder in Firefox?

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Thanks guys for the answers, but it's not that ~/Downloads reappears again and again after deleting, but a folder named "sammel3" in Downloads. As far as such an issue is concerned, I couldn't tell any modifications I've did to the pristine Oneiric. Any further ideas? – dshh2011 Dec 14 '11 at 14:12

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