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Old 09-21-2012, 09:51 PM   #1
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Documents, Pictures, Downloads, etc. folders aren't automatically created in Squeeze.

I'm currently using KDE. User folders are created completely empty whenever a user is added. Every time I've installed Debian I was only in Squeeze just long enough to compile the kernel and upgrade to Testing or Sid, but I'm pretty sure these folders existed the other times I installed Squeeze. I tried adding a new user to see if the problem would only happen to the first account, but it happened for the new account too. Is this normal for Squeeze? Or, more specifically, Squeeze with KDE?

Edit: I think I should also include that I had to reset my root password immediately after installation because the one I had set wouldn't work. I doubt this was my fault because I've used the same root password for every installation I've done. Also, when I booted into /bin/sh to reset my root password it said I was logged into "root@(none)" or something similar to that. I've never booted into /bin/sh before so I don't know if that has anything to do with it.

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Old 09-22-2012, 02:41 AM   #2
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I had the same situation with Debian Wheezy+Lxde
you don't have to be root to create directories in home
mkdir /home/user/Pictures
Downloads etc.
I just double-checked & downloaded to Downloads folder & it worked

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Old 09-22-2012, 11:38 AM   #3
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Install xdg-user-dirs it will create all of those annoying directories in your /home

including Downloads, Music, Videos, Documents, Pictures, etc

It is not installed by default.

For more info see: - Software/xdg-user-dirs -
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