# How to safely remove default folders? [duplicate]

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In the File Manager (Xubuntu 12.04), I can see some default folders which I don't need (like Videos, Music, ...). Is it safe to remove them or might programs not work properly afterwards (like on Mac OS X where I tried that once)?

I found this thread on Ubuntu Forums How to permanently delete folders "Music, Videos, Documents,...." (through Nautilus) . Is this the way one should remove these folders?

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• What folders are you talking about? – Alvar May 21 '12 at 9:10
• he's probably talking about the once in /home/\$USER (ie. Desktop, Downloads) @alvar – Rinzwind May 21 '12 at 9:13
• Sorry, I completely forgot (I updated the post). Indeed, I meant precisely those in ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs – Marius Hofert May 21 '12 at 9:30
• It's better to state the folders in the question rather than linking to an external site. – Alvar May 21 '12 at 9:51
• Thanks, I stated them. The link is necessary for my last question. – Marius Hofert May 21 '12 at 12:24

## 1 Answer

Yes. See post #7 in your link.

Backup the config file (optional):

cp ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs.bak


Edit the file by commenting out unnecessary entries:

vim ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs


Run update command:

xdg-user-dirs-update


DO NOT REMOVE XDG_DESKTOP_DIR

• This does not do what OP asked. xdg-user-dirs-update will simply update ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs (and might, in particular, override some of OP's modifications from before), not create/rename/remove any directories as the above instructions suggest. See man xdg-user-dirs-update for information on what it does exactly. The actual answer should be: Simply remove the folder. (Running xdg-user-dirs-update is not necessary as it will be run upon the next user login, anyway, see ~/.config/user-dirs.conf.) – balu Jan 12 '18 at 0:48
• Doesn't work -- even if you don't run the update command, it gets updated upon the next reboot. There must be a more fundamental file in which these directory names are kept. – Abhimanyu Pallavi Sudhir Jun 25 '18 at 5:32
• See here for a working solution. If you also want to remove the folders from the home directory, edit user-dirs.defaults, or make a copy of it in .config and edit there (for your local user). – Abhimanyu Pallavi Sudhir Jun 25 '18 at 6:08