Looking through my Wine's fake C: Drive, I see the files in my home directory (the files in my Desktop, Downloads, etc.) all copied in the C: Drive's home directory. Furthermore, if I make a new file, it automatically copies to here again. Is it necessary to have a duplicate of all folders in home directory in Wine? If not, is there a way to get rid of this feature?

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    Are you sure they aren't symlinks to those folders? – DisplayName Jan 16 '16 at 20:35
  • I did not check for that, how do I check if a folder is a symlink again? – Rohan Jan 16 '16 at 22:52
  • if you run ls -al you can see if it's one. – DisplayName Jan 16 '16 at 23:01

The default behaviour of Wine is to create a "Wine prefix" containing a virtual "drive C:" with links to ~/Desktop, ~/Documents, ~/Music etc. where Windows applications expect them. If you run

ls -l ~/.wine/drive_c/users/${USER}

you should see the symlinks involved.

This means any file you add to ~/Desktop also shows up in your Wine desktop. The files aren't duplicated, they're just visible in two places because of the symlinks.

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