Running Linux Mint 18.1 Cinnamon 64-bit, Cinnamon version 3.2.7, Linux Kernel 4.4.0-53-generic. There are 3 monitors.

When I change current directory to Desktop and then do command ls, I see many more files and folders than is visible when I look at any of the monitors that has a view of the Desktop.

Question: Should I see the see same files independent of the method I used to access them, through the desktop on one of the monitors or using the "ls" command?

In directory ~/.config the file user-dirs.dirs has, as first non-comment line this:


And my question is the same as at Linux Mint desktop displays different files from ls command:

Why isn't my desktop showing things that are actually in my Desktop folder, and how can I fix this?

Things I tried:

Using command line, if I create a new file in my $HOME folder, I do not see it on my Desktop, and if I create it in my Desktop directory, I see in in the graphical interface.

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    If you create a new file in your $HOME folder, why would you expect to see it on your Desktop? – JigglyNaga Oct 18 '18 at 9:35
  • Problem was solved when I changed Because the file is created in $HOME/Desktop. When I reboot it gone. – rutiezer Oct 21 '18 at 0:43
  • If one right-click on blank space on desktop one sees "Desktop layout". There is a drop down list and this option was set to "Show desktop icons on primary monitor only". Changed it to "Show desktop icons on all monitors". This Solved problem for a while but it has returned. I see no files on the primary middle monitor and do see files in the leftmost monitor. The desktop layout has not been changed. For original question: I expect to see the file in the main monitor Because the file is created in $HOME/Desktop in the middle monitor. When I reboot file is gone. – rutiezer Oct 21 '18 at 0:53

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