I read recently that
.desktop files that are used as desktop shortcuts are placed in the
$HOME/Desktop directory. Where is this directory?
Also, what does the
$ part mean / do?
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$HOME is an environment variable that contains the location of your home directory, usually
$ tells us it's a variable. So assuming your user is called
.desktop files are placed in
If you want to know where
$HOME points to, you can run the following in a terminal.
[ajefferiss@localhost ~]$ echo "$HOME" /home/ajefferiss
You can use it to move around the filesystem, for example
cd $HOME but generally you won't see that because you can use
~/ to represent the current users home directory. Or just run
cd by itself to move to the home directory.
$HOME is an environment variable that points to
/home/<username>. It is located under
/, and it contains the user's files.
For more information you may want to take a look at Bash Reference Manual