I'm running Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon. After a botched attempt at migrating my data to a NAS, I restored my data from an external USB.
After restoring from backup, all my files seem to be back the way they were before I started migrating to NAS, except that my desktop no longer shows the contents of ~/Desktop. Instead, it shows links to all the other folders in my home (Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, etc). The same problem happens when I open my file manager and choose Desktop under My Computer on the left - it shows the other folders in my home as well.
I can see that the Desktop folder is present in my
scott@dell-mint-17 ~ $ ls -l total 8 lrwxrwxrwx 1 scott scott 17 Dec 17 08:25 Desktop -> /mnt/data/Desktop lrwxrwxrwx 1 scott scott 19 Sep 23 21:17 Documents -> /mnt/data/Documents lrwxrwxrwx 1 scott scott 19 Sep 23 21:17 Downloads -> /mnt/data/Downloads lrwxrwxrwx 1 scott scott 17 Oct 11 13:07 Dropbox -> /mnt/data/Dropbox lrwxrwxrwx 1 scott scott 15 Sep 23 21:18 Music -> /mnt/data/Music lrwxrwxrwx 1 scott scott 18 Sep 23 21:18 Pictures -> /mnt/data/Pictures drwxr-xr-x 2 scott scott 4096 Sep 18 08:25 Public drwxr-xr-x 2 scott scott 4096 Sep 18 08:25 Templates lrwxrwxrwx 1 scott scott 16 Sep 23 21:18 Videos -> /mnt/data/Videos lrwxrwxrwx 1 scott scott 24 Oct 11 13:06 VirtualBox VMs -> /mnt/data/VirtualBox VMs
I can also see that
~/Desktop contains only two files, which aren't displayed:
scott@dell-mint-17 /mnt/data/Desktop $ ls -la total 20 drwxr-xr-x 2 scott scott 4096 Oct 11 09:44 . drwxr-xr-x 22 scott scott 4096 Oct 11 13:47 .. -rwxr-xr-x 1 scott scott 279 Sep 19 2013 Exact Audio Copy.desktop -rw-rw-r-- 1 scott scott 752 Sep 19 2013 Exact Audio Copy.lnk -rw-rw-r-- 1 scott scott 91 Dec 23 2013 rsync~
My questions are: Why isn't my desktop showing things that are actually in my Desktop folder, and how do I fix this?
Things I've already tried
I've already tried resetting the Cinnamon desktop by deleting the file that stores the desktop settings (
/home/scott/.config/dconf/user) and rebooting, per one user's suggestion for another problem on Linux Mint Forums: "After crash not displaying desktop". I've also tried removing the symlink, creating it again, and hitting F5, but that didn't solve the problem, either.
I've searched other questions - Linux Mint - Just created launcher does not show on MATE desktop but is in ls listing and Why are my application.desktop files not showing up in Linux application menu? - neither of these addresses my specific issue (or if they do, then I wasn't able to connect the dots).
~/.config/user-dirs.dirscontain, if this file exists? If you create a new file in your home directory, does it appear on your graphical desktop?
XDG_DESKTOP_DIR="$HOME". After changing it to
XDG_DESKTOP_DIR="$HOME/Desktop"and rebooting, my Desktop displays the files from
~/Desktopnow. Thank you so much! Do you want to add this as an answer?