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Old 02-02-2012, 08:25 PM   #1
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Putting folders on the desktop

In Ubuntu 10.10, when I try to drag and drop to the desktop my user folder in the home directory, I get an error message?:
You cannot copy a folder into itself.
The destination folder is inside the source folder.
Do you know why I get this?

How can I place this icon on the desktop via terminal?
Old 02-02-2012, 09:13 PM   #2
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The error is very clear: "The destination folder is inside the source folder". You can't put the parent directory into its child - or the universe will implode.
Old 02-02-2012, 09:15 PM   #3
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On a serious note - you need to run gconf-editor and somewhere in Nautilus settings find a tickbox that says something like 'display home folder on the desktop'. Sorry, can't tell you more exactly - don't run Gnome any more and hate Gconf.
Old 02-03-2012, 02:00 AM   #4
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In the terminal run

and then go to the path

see if it is set to true, and set it as you need.


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