Where did my Desktop go?!?!

My desktop used to have icons… And when I right-clicked on it, a fancy little menu came up that let me do things to it. It is now missing in action – and I think I might know why.

This afternoon, I was tidying up my home folder, carelessly deleting some crap that I didn’t think I needed anymore, when I deleted a folder called file: that seemed only to contain the the directories /home/jon/Desktop. I drilled all the way down into this directory, concluded that it was empty, and deleted it. A few moments later, my desktop disappeared.


Edit: I restored the folder to it’s original location and restarted the machine; Everything was back to normal, but I don’t understand the significance of that directory. It doesn’t appear to contain anything, even from a root terminal.


  1. /Desktop is the folder that represents your desktop. I assume that this file: directory was a symlink to it

  2. That’s kind of what I figured after I deleted it. Why they need a symlink is beyond me though. Why not just put the contents of the desktop in the Desktop folder?

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