Installing a minimal version of Ubuntu does not have the usual folders of Documents, Downloads, etc. in Home. Is there a way to have them just as it is in regular installs?


You are probably just missing the xdg-user-dirs-gtk and xdg-user-dirs packages. Install them and they should take care of the rest (you might have to log out and log back in to see the changes).

  • What would've I expected I had not installed xdg-user-dirs-gtk? – Oxwivi Feb 20 '11 at 16:35
  • @arrange - Why are they even missing? XDG is a core part of FreeDesktop.org. Perhaps report a bug? – Martin Owens -doctormo- Feb 20 '11 at 17:15
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    @doctormo - as Toki Tahmid writes, this is a minimal install. The package does not reverse depend on anything essential, it is also "Priority: optional", so I don't see any bug here. I don't have it on my system myself as I use different folders than default install. – arrange Feb 20 '11 at 17:28
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    Haha, I didn't get it was a question, English is not my first language, sorry. So - from the package's description: "This extension sets the Gtk bookmark file and tracks changes of the locale to notify the user on login about changed directory names." – arrange Feb 20 '11 at 17:56
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    As for the cursor, try the dmz-cursor-theme package. This should add a white cursor to cursor options. – arrange Feb 20 '11 at 17:59

It's odd that you don't have those folders... they're not taking up much space on the CD. Do you have these folders when you make a new user?

To put them back, create the folders with the right names, then go

gedit ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs

Edit the directories by adding or changing the directories to suite, for example:


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