View Full Version : [ubuntu] Probably a REAL newbie problem...

April 27th, 2010, 01:02 AM
For some reason there is now an icon on my desktop called "Desktop" with a little curved arrow at the top right corner, which I assume means that it's a redirect icon (link to folder). However, all of my info still shows up when I look at the properties of the icon. I feel stupid for asking this, but can I delete this without losing any of my info on my desktop?

April 27th, 2010, 01:29 AM
the little arrow means that is a symlink (symbolic link), and should be safe to delete. It would show all the info because a symlink is treated like a normal file/directory by the filesystem.

not sure why it would be there though...
If you want to be sure, post a screenshot, but it should be safe to delete.

April 27th, 2010, 02:43 AM
You could try this. Open a console, and cd to your desktop

cd $HOME/Desktop

then run the following command:

ls -l grep Desktop
It will show you something like

lrwxrwxrwx 1 orion orion 20 2010-04-26 22:39 Desktop -> /home/orion/Desktop/

If it starts with an 'l' then, is a link, you can remove it without any risk! if it's a folder, it will start with a 'd'.

Kind regards!

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