I recently moved all my music to a separate partion, moved ~/Music to ~/Music-bak and symlinked a new Music directory to the partition.

Nautilus updated the bookmarks to show "Music-Bak" under Computer. How do I tell it that "Music" is my real music folder?

  • The answers are the same, but I don't think I would have recognized the problem that I was struggling with in the post that has been flagged as a duplicate.
    – Amanda
    Feb 6, 2017 at 22:40

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As you mentioned, when you modify (rename / move) Music folder it will point to the new folder.
To force it to point to a different folder, modify file ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs (it's a text file) and set the XDG_MUSIC_DIR parameter to point to your Music.

One can restart GNOME by pressing Alt + F2 together and
entering restart as the command, committed by the key.

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    Listen to music while waiting :-)
    – yossile
    Mar 17, 2012 at 14:08
  • This worked, but I needed to logout and log back in for the change to be visible in Nautilus Sep 5, 2019 at 10:03

Or use ubuntu tweak

ubuntu tweak

You download it from here : http://ubuntu-tweak.com/

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