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It turns out that different languages can have a path to the desktop folder.

~/Desktop is ~/Työpöytä in Finnish

What way via the shell can I get access to the translated folder?

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Does ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs hold something like

XDG_DESKTOP_DIR="$HOME/Työpöytä"

or perhaps running

xdg-user-dir DESKTOP

though I guess this depends on your distribution...

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using ubuntu 9.10 the first does not exist but the second surely does, thanks. –  Phil Hannent Apr 15 '11 at 8:49
    
Awesome! My guess is that the first is somewhere in /etc/ as a default... then you can change ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs to override it. Either way, that command is probably better. Good luck! :-) –  PriceChild Apr 15 '11 at 8:56
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