lost *all* settings; and more!

Zorael zorael at gmail.com
Sat Dec 12 13:30:28 GMT 2009

On Sat, Dec 12, 2009 at 2:21 PM, Anne Wilson <cannewilson at googlemail.com> wrote:
> On Saturday 12 December 2009 10:03:04 spir wrote:
>> After the action of changing the download folder to /import, suddenly my
>>  home dir was nearly empty; even hidden files had disappeared.
> When you change those paths you are asked whether you want to move all the
> data from the original path to the new one.  It sounds as though you said
> 'yes'.

Perhaps twice now my ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs has been reset to point
all paths to $HOME, despite the system-wide defaults (in
/etc/xdg/user-dirs.defaults) being an exact copy of my wanted
settings. I haven't been able to figure out what caused this. In my
case the paths are on a different NTFS partition, but I don't recall
it ever failing to mount.

See http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=8320656 for another example.

The user *is* asked whether to move all files to the new directory, so
in a sense it's only done as told. But I'd argue there should be a
check to see if the entire home is being moved, as that would undo the
setting to begin with and bork the user completely.

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