I changed my username and home directory as described in this ask-ubuntu-link. However, now I can not access many items on sidebar (Documents, music, pictures) by clicking because the link is associated with my old user id while folders' names have been changed.

Could someone please help me?


My old username was: kumar and new one is: dkumar. I can access /home/dkumar/Documents by typing it in nautilus. But, link on sidebar of explorer is still showing /home/kumar/Documents and hence, when I click there, I get the error message that "Could not find /home/kumar/Documents . Please check the spelling and try again"

  • by saying explorer, do you mean Nautilus? – Paulius Šukys Feb 24 '15 at 12:43
  • @PauliusŠukys Yah, you are right. Since I am new to Ubuntu, I still do not proper terminology. My apologies. – Garima Singh Feb 24 '15 at 12:52

Edit the file /home/dkumar/.config/gtk3.0/bookmarks manually and correct what is wrong.

Then, restart nautilus: nautilus -q.


What is most likely the problem you're facing is not being the file/directory owner. You can check this by executing ls -al on your /home/username directory to see who the owner is.

To fix this problem just by using chown (check the examples section)

chown -hR username /home/username
  • chown command did not help. Please see the update to my original question. – Garima Singh Feb 24 '15 at 11:52

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