Desktop contains entire home directory after drive replacement

Vinzenz Vietzke vinz at
Mon Jun 19 10:06:20 CEST 2017

Hi Brian,

just a quick guess:
Did you check ~/.config/user.dirs if something got messed up? 


Am 19. Juni 2017 09:16:46 MESZ schrieb brian <brian at>:
>This is a weird one. The drive containing my home directory was giving
>errors, so I replaced the drive and copied over the entire /home tree
>onto the new drive, then switched the mount points in /etc/fstab.
>When I rebooted with the new configuration, suddenly my desktop (XFCE
>4.12, Ubuntu 16.04 64-bit) contains EVERY file and directory in my
>home directory (and there are a lot of them!). I have searched in vain
>for a logical pointing at the wrong place, the contents of my Desktop
>folder are exactly as expected, I simply cannot think of what went
>wrong during what should have been a routine drive replacement.
>Does anybody have any ideas, please?
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