Desktop contains entire home directory after drive replacement

Chris Green cl at
Mon Jun 19 12:52:21 CEST 2017

On Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 06:17:41AM -0400, brian wrote:
> 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
> expected.
Ay?  So what is wrong then?  You mean ~/Desktop has what should be in
it but the 'actual' desktop on screen has zillions of files on it?  If
so then the other suggestion that there's something amiss with
~/.config/user-dirs.dirs would seem to be the most likely explanation.

Chris Green

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