user-dirs.dirs is reset every boot

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user-dirs.dirs is reset every boot

Postby dna100 » Mon Jul 05, 2010 2:29 am

I make changes to the config file, "~/.config/user-dirs.dirs" to set different default directories but when I reboot the file is reverted to the the original. I even experimented by setting the file with root ownership and access only but it still gets reset.

Any clues?


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Re: user-dirs.dirs is reset every boot

Postby remoulder » Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:33 am

Do you have User-Folders running in Startup Applications? If so untick it. Also changing the file directly is not a great idea, better to use something like Ubuntu Tweak to do this. Check you are still the owner and can make changes if you've been accessing it as root.
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Re: user-dirs.dirs is reset every boot

Postby Zon » Sun Jul 15, 2012 3:41 pm

This is old, but the first result I found while searching... so, since I figured it out...

xdg-user-dirs-update is run at startup, which checks /etc/xdg/user-dirs.conf, and if enabled=True there sets your XDG folders in accord with /etc/xdg/user-dirs.defaults

So, you can either change the defaults, or in the conf file set enabled=False (and then it will use your ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs)
When you set it how you want it, just run xdg-user-dirs-update manually (or log out & in)

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