GNOME has an option "desktop is home dir" (under Nautilus preferences in gconf-editor). When this is enabled the folder /home/me/Desktop is not used, instead the files which show up as icons on your desktop as the contents of /home/me.

Is this possible on Mac OS X?


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I'm not sure, but what if you made /home/user/Desktop a symbolic link to /home/user/? You would do this by typing the command ln -s /home/user/Desktop /home/user/.

I have no idea if that will work... You'll probably have to remove the contents of /Desktop folder first before creating the link - this way you don't accidentally lose anything already on your desktop.

If that doesn't work, I'm not sure how you would do this...

Good luck!

  • Don't have my Macbook with me so I'll try tonight, thanks for the suggestion. Aug 5, 2010 at 18:35
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    This may work, but note that Mac OS X directory structure is different from Linux. ~ is /Users/user.
    – Paul R
    Aug 5, 2010 at 18:42
  • Good catch Paul! I haven't used a Mac in almost 2 years - I forget their structure is a little different! +1
    – mistiry
    Aug 5, 2010 at 20:03
  • Unfortunately this didn't work. Seems like OS X does more than just look for /Users/me/Desktop. If you move or rename that folder its contents are still shown on your desktop. The symlink didn't seem to affect that. Aug 6, 2010 at 2:04

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