Xdg was an acronym for the X Desktop Group, which is now known as freedesktop.org, but the label has remained. The freedesktop.org project has created a set of standards that now underlie X desktop environments such as GNOME, KDE and many others.

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Is $HOME/.local/share the default value for $XDG_DATA_HOME in Ubuntu 14.04?

What's the default value for $XDG_DATA_HOME in Ubuntu 14.04? I get an empty line with: echo $XDG_DATA_HOME According to the Free Desktop Specifications, it might be equals to $HOME/.local/share
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How to set XDG_RUNTIME_DIR

$XDG_RUNTIME_DIR is not well set on my computer and this causes upstart to write PID files to my home folder. May I know what it should be and where to set it?
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Renaming Folders using xdg-users-dirs does not work [duplicate]

I'm attempting to rename my special folders. As per my understanding, there are two ways to specify this. Local, ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs Global, /etc/xdg/user-dirs.defaults I've changed both ...
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Why is my desktop the same as home folder?

My desktop (not the /home/user/Desktop folder) shows the contents of my /home/user folder. I don't know how I have done it and can I have some help on undoing it? The /home/user/Desktop folder just ...
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Why I cannot mount ISO file from this .desktop file by `fuseiso`?

I want to mount iso files without root permission by fuseiso, and this is how to mount a iso file: fuseiso -p '/path/to/isofilename' '/media/isofilename' , so I make a .desktop file followed ...
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Public directory ($XDG_PUBLICSHARE_DIR) created despite “enabled=False” in user-dirs.conf

I've set "enabled=False" in my /etc/xdg/user-dirs.conf which, according to comments in that file, and also according to the spec, should stop xdg-user-dirs-update from running at login time and thus ...
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awesome wm with xubuntu - setting wallpaper resets to default

I am using awesome v3.4.15 (Never Gonna Give You Up) and (X)Ubuntu. My display manager is lightdm. In /etc/xdg/awesome/rc.lua I've added this line to change my background to a solid color: ...
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Getting an XDG_RUNTIME_DIR not set in the environment error while trying to reload Unity!

My unity stopped loading, icons and dash wouldn't appear. So I searched around here and found the following link. I have tried all the answers provided here Unity doesn't load, no Launcher, no ...
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Could not open X display, XDG_Runtime_DIR Error:

Output from terminal from where i tried to run nautilus and read an external drive. Also, i got a terminal window before logging in that system is running under log graphics mode, i will have to login ...
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Open File as Other Program

I want to configure Firefox to open .zip files with File-Roller. In the options, I browse to /usr/share/applications/file-roller.desktop and it doesn’t open it as File Roller however nautilus easily ...
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How can I get the (XDG) Default User Directories from Python?

By example, In English the default user folders will be: $HOME/Desktop .... $HOME/Videos In Spanish the default user folders will be: $HOME/Escritorio .... $HOME/Vídeos The file ...
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Installation problem xdg-desktop-menu: No writable system menu directory found [closed]

When installing the IBM tsm backup client I have the following message on lucid (works on precise) > sudo apt-get upgrade Setting up tsm-client (6.4.0.7-3) ... xdg-desktop-menu: No writable system ...
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“user.mime_type” in desktop environment

Context Guidelines for extended attributes (FreeDesktop) says: user.mime_type: Sets the MIME type of a file explicitly. This attribute is documented by the "Shared MIME-info Database ...
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Set XDG Cache for Chromium

I want to use the XDG standard to export Chromium's cache to /tmp/chromium, which I've mounted in RAM. I'll do this with a script in /etc/profile.d. But the contents of the file I don't know. If I ...
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How can I force all applications to use $XDG_CONFIG_HOME instead of ~/.APP?

As far as I understand, the XDG guidelines recommend that applications store their configuration in $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/APP (usually ~/.config/APP) rather than ~/.APP (I'm not sure if there are also ...
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Custom launcher in Ubuntu 12.04 xdg/autostart

I have some script that should start when user logs in. I've created .desktop file and put it into /etc/xdg/autostart. It works on two pretty old PCs with Ubuntu with a long life (10.xx -> 11.10 -> ...
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Delay an application at /etc/xdg/startup

For some reason when it's started too quickly when it's active it shows my desktop instead of overlaying on the active windows.I have guake.desktop in /etc/xdg/startup and I'm wondering if there's a ...
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gnome desktop menu layout problem

I have added a 'Quick Setup' sub-menu of 'System' desktop menu. I want this sub-menu to contains some desktop files within two sections, separated with a separator. I need the first part to contains ...
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compiz-plugins schemas not found with gsettings

I have installed the extra plugins (compiz-plugins) for CompizConfig Settings Manager (compizconfig-settings-manager) and am trying to change these settings from the command line using gsettings. The ...
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Rename default user directories

Is it possible to rename default directories like ~/Documents, ~/Music, ~/Videos? Especially I want to rename Videos to Movies. Thanks in advance!
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Is there a way I can rename Trash to Crap?

I was trying to Rename the folder Trash to Crap. I did this I first ran cd /home/username/.local/share/ Now my present working directory is /home/username/.local/share then when I typed ls I ...
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How to define completely new xdg-user-dirs?

I've just configured my ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs file under unity (ubtuntu 12.10) and everything works well so far. But is there any chance to extend the user dirs like this: ...
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How to check in script if upstart event was emited?

I am running remote connection on session start using xdg autostart script. But sometimes network interface needs more time to start. So I need to check if network is up. Is it possible to check if ...
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Desktop empty under Ubuntu 12.04

My problem is that my desktop is empty -- there are no files or directories in it. The launcher on the left and the menu at the top are both ok. But, after a recent upgrade from 12.04 to 12.10, ...
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Weird XDG User Dir resetting bug

I have a weird problem with 12.04 LTS. Regardless of what I do to the ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs file, whenever I login again the next time, that file gets all set to $HOME only. Something is happening ...
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How to use xdg-desktop-icon?

I am on Ubuntu 12.04 with KDE. I'd like to use the xdg-desktop-icon tool because it can be scripted and works cross desktop. Made a minimal file: test.desktop [Desktop Entry] Encoding=UTF-8 ...
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How do I integrate my Windows filesystem with Ubuntu?

I recently got a new Windows computer and would like to dual boot with Ubuntu. I don't really want to have 2 separate file systems (with mounting) but would like to integrate the two, if it is ...
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How to stop Nautilus from using Home as Desktop Folder?

As of a recent boot, my desktop folder is defaulting to ~/. I would prefer the default behaviour : the desktop directory should be ~/Desktop. As a first way to solve my problem I tried gconftool-2 ...
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Create global Template directory

I want to move Template directory out from my ~ home folder. I would like to have one global Template directory. One option, that I think can be possible is to create a link(shortcut or how is it ...
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Where is the .Trash folder?

Using Ubuntu 11.10, I accidentally deleted a file that was approximately 700 MB. I tried to find it in the in following locations, but couldn't: /home/user/.local/share /home/user/ <-- there was ...
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What is the replacement for gnome-open in GNOME?

gnome-open is typically used to open files from the CLI using their associated mime-type handler. It doesn't appear to be installed by default anymore in 12.04. The errata has not been well ...
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How do I set FBReader as the default mobi ebook reader?

Is there a quick simple way of installing FBReader? Also, how do I fix the filetype not being recognized (mime TYPES?) I want to set FB Reader as the default Open for mobi ebooks, but it's not ...
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How can I add templates to create different types of files [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the “Templates” folder in the home directory for? I want create different types of files, for exemple: txt, doc, xls, html etc. How can I add ...
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What is the “Templates” folder in the home directory for?

For as long as I can remember, every time I install Ubuntu there is a folder in the home directory called "Templates." I've always just deleted it, but I'm curious: what's it supposed to be used for, ...
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Desktop launcher documentation? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the syntax for .desktop files? How do I add a custom launcher? I prefer to create new desktop launchers (.desktop files) using just a text editor, for example ...
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How do I make the public folder not appear in the home folder of new accounts?

When I create a new user, how do I tell Ubuntu not to create a Public sub-folder?
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What can I use instead of gnome-open?

What is a current replacement of 'gnome-open' command (generic open of files based on the type)? Before: gnome-open mydoc.pdf # opened PDF in default application Now: gnome-open The program ...
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What's the absolute path of an icon declared in a .desktop file?

In a .desktop file you can declare an icon, however it's not clear how this translates to an icon on disk: Icon=eric Where on the filesystem can I find this icon? Related to this question: ...
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How can I change the desktop folder path?

I had some trobles upgrading to 11.10, and had to create a new user and copy some files to my old user to work. But now Ubuntu dont find my Desktop Folder. I need to change the path, so where can I ...
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How to make changes in xdg-user-dirs.dirs have effect in files lens?

I've changed some favourite folder locations in ~/.config/xdg-user-dirs.dirs, since I prefer different locations for Music and Pictures folder, and nautilus recognized the changes. However the Unity ...
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How to set up uri / magnet links.(xdg-open) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to configure chrome to open magnet url's with deluge? I want to open Magnet links for torrents and Spotify, but whenever I click on one it either opens up ...
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How can I set the 'Path' variable in a .desktop file to be relative to the location where the desktop file is located?

I want to set the 'Path' variable in a .desktop file relative to the location where the desktop file is located and I can't manage to do that. When I don't declare it or set it to blank it defaults ...
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Functions of xdg-user-dirs

What are the functions and capabilities of xdg-user-dirs? In particular, I'm interested to have the folders it creates on a different partition instead of the whole Home.
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How do I reset gnome-open/xdg-open to actually open with my preferred browser?

Somehow gnome-open and xdg-open are now hopelessly broken. Setting my default browser in System -> Preferences -> Preferred Applications changes nothing. When I click on any link that points to a ...
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Any way to consolidate multiple .Trash directories

I have a seperate data partition with a functioning .Trash directory. But ~/.local/share/Trash is the only directory seen by trash:/// in nautilus. Here's the fstab entry for the partition: ...
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How can I change the default location of content directories (eg Pictures, Templates, Music) in my home folder?

I have multiple users on my home desktop. I am content with most of the default user directories, however I would like to make one change. I would like to setup a common directory for Music (ie ...
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Why is there no more ~/.Trash?

I remember the nice mv somefile ~/.Trash command but that folder does not exist on newer Ubuntus. Does anyone know why?