So when I add a new user, I want them to have a nice set of Nautilus bookmarks pre-loaded.

If I look in:


I see this:


Simple enough but actually not very helpful. How does this file get created?


You can edit your own bookmarks file. On each line, specify a bookmark URL (either as file:///... or smb:// or ftp://, etc) followed by a space and a user-friendly name, which may contain spaces. Nautilus will pick it up automatically.

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  • Probably, but wouldn't that usually involve some kind of scripting? The useradd command doesn't create the bookmark file; the above bookmarks are created at installation time. I merely explained how such a file could be created on the fly for a new user. – Jos Feb 12 '15 at 9:17
  • What I think happens is that nautilus copies it from somewhere or creates it the first time you launch it. Easy test. Move the file, and launch. – user447607 Feb 12 '15 at 20:00
  • Test results: Moving the file did not result in the creation of a new file on re-launch. Hm... – user447607 Feb 12 '15 at 20:04
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    I can put the file/directory structure in /etc/skel and that works except because they used file:// urls and don't appear to support Unix standards (for heaven's sake!) like environment variables and ~/, you are stuck with /home/the wrong user/ As far as I can tell the only way to fix is by scripting a sed command or something. :-/ – user447607 Feb 12 '15 at 20:14

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