Desktop contains entire home directory after drive replacement

brian brian at
Mon Jun 19 12:17:41 CEST 2017

On 06/19/2017 04:15 AM, Chris Green wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 03:16:46AM -0400, brian wrote:
>> 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?
> Yes, you copied /home/<user> to <user>/Desktop when you did the copy!  :-)
> It's very easily done.

Possibly, but not this time. The contents of ~/Desktop are exactly as


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