How to make links to folders in Mint 20?

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How to make links to folders in Mint 20?

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Hello,
In my Mint 20 I want to have some links to folders on the Desktop. E.g. I want Link to Pictures folder rather than go to home directory and then into Pictures.
Earlier on Mint 17 it was easy to set.
Can you suggest how to make it?
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Re: How to make links to folders in Mint 20?

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Drag and drop doesn't work?

ANd since you don;'t say what version you use paste the text output of inxi -Fxz run in the terminal.
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Re: How to make links to folders in Mint 20?

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Hoser Rob wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:10 am
Drag and drop doesn't work?
That works for me on Mint 20 Xfce, and so does making a link in the Desktop directory (with ln -s)...but when I dragged /mnt/DATA/download/temp/ from thunar onto the desktop (icon named temp) I don't get a link (it says it's a directory and it acts like a directory)? And if I create a file in /mnt/DATA/download/temp/ it doesn't show up in the dragged link, but it does show up in a link created by ln -s...? It's acting like the desktop link (temp) is a directory and it copied the files into it ...?

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$ pwd 
/home/user/Desktop
$ ls -l
total 4
drwxrwxr-x 2 user user 4096 Nov 20 08:14 temp
lrwxrwxrwx 1 user user   23 Nov 20 08:25 temp-ln -> /mnt/DATA/download/temp
$ file *
temp:    directory
temp-ln: symbolic link to /mnt/DATA/download/temp
$
$ ls temp
linux-headers-5.8.0-28-generic_5.8.0-28.30~20.04.1_amd64.deb  linux-modules-5.8.0-28-generic_5.8.0-28.30~20.04.1_amd64.deb
linux-hwe-5.8-headers-5.8.0-28_5.8.0-28.30~20.04.1_all.deb    linux-modules-extra-5.8.0-28-generic_5.8.0-28.30~20.04.1_amd64.deb
linux-image-5.8.0-28-generic_5.8.0-28.30~20.04.1_amd64.deb
$ ls temp-ln 
created-file                              linux-image-5.8.0-28-generic_5.8.0-28.30~20.04.1_amd64.deb
linux-headers-5.8.0-28-generic_5.8.0-28.30~20.04.1_amd64.deb  linux-modules-5.8.0-28-generic_5.8.0-28.30~20.04.1_amd64.deb
linux-hwe-5.8-headers-5.8.0-28_5.8.0-28.30~20.04.1_all.deb    linux-modules-extra-5.8.0-28-generic_5.8.0-28.30~20.04.1_amd64.deb
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Re: How to make links to folders in Mint 20?

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name wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:02 am
Can you suggest how to make it?
I normally don't use the desktop, but this would do what you want (and it seems to me that dragging the directory onto the desktop doesn't do what you want..as per my post above?)
In a terminal:

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cd ~/Desktop
ln -s ~/Pictures Pictures
(If you want to remove that, you can delete that link ~/Desktop/Pictures, and it won't delete anything under $HOME/Pictures.)
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Re: How to make links to folders in Mint 20?

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Hi all,

In LM20 XFCE I find that selecting a folder in the Thunar window and then dragging the file to the appropriate location (not necessarily the desktop) while holding down the 'SHIFT' and 'CTRL' keys works. The file needs to be selected first before pressing down 'SHIFT' and 'CTRL'.
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Re: How to make links to folders in Mint 20?

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It works in mint 20 mate desktop. in caja file browswer, open your home folder, right-click Pictures and click on Make Link, then cut and paste that link to your Desktop folder.
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Re: How to make links to folders in Mint 20?

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hayden wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 12:12 pm
It works in mint 20 mate desktop. in caja file browswer, open your home folder, right-click Pictures and click on Make Link, then cut and paste that link to your Desktop folder.
If I remember correctly I did so in Mint 17 (Cinnamon), but in Mint 20 (Cinnamon) after right-click the Make Link is absent.
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Re: How to make links to folders in Mint 20?

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Flemur wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:40 am
In a terminal:

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cd ~/Desktop
ln -s ~/Pictures Pictures
Thanks!
Kester wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 12:08 pm
Hi all,

In LM20 XFCE I find that selecting a folder in the Thunar window and then dragging the file to the appropriate location (not necessarily the desktop) while holding down the 'SHIFT' and 'CTRL' keys works. The file needs to be selected first before pressing down 'SHIFT' and 'CTRL'.
Thanks! That works fine in Cinnamon (Mint 20). Only pressing 'CTRL' makes a copy, but pressing SHIFT+CTRL makes a link.
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