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    Angry Gnome ticks (Dock & Files icons)

    Two things which annoy me daily about Ubuntu 24/Gnome:

    1. The dock has two permanent "SSD" icons for "zpool" and "rpool". They cannot be removed (the only options are to "mount" them). Why can't I have control over what is in my own dock?

    2. The Files/Nautalis sidebar can't be modified. I can't rearrange the list, remove unused folders like "Music" and "Videos", nor add my own shortcut for Desktop, for example.

    What surprises and irritates me most is the fact most of this is available to change on almost every other operating system going back a decade. Surely I'm just missing some hidden config?

    Thank you

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    Re: Gnome ticks (Dock & Files icons)

    Quote Originally Posted by currentshaft View Post
    The Files/Nautalis sidebar can't be modified. I can't rearrange the list, remove unused folders like "Music" and "Videos", nor add my own shortcut for Desktop, for example.
    Surely I'm just missing some hidden config?
    Is this the file you wish to edit?
    Code:
    ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs
    Code:
    # This file is written by xdg-user-dirs-update
    # If you want to change or add directories, just edit the line you're
    # interested in. All local changes will be retained on the next run.
    # Format is XDG_xxx_DIR="$HOME/yyy", where yyy is a shell-escaped
    # homedir-relative path, or XDG_xxx_DIR="/yyy", where /yyy is an
    # absolute path. No other format is supported.
    # 
    XDG_DESKTOP_DIR="$HOME/Desktop"
    XDG_DOWNLOAD_DIR="$HOME/Downloads"
    XDG_TEMPLATES_DIR="$HOME/Templates"
    XDG_PUBLICSHARE_DIR="$HOME/Public"
    XDG_DOCUMENTS_DIR="$HOME/Documents"
    XDG_MUSIC_DIR="$HOME/Music"
    XDG_PICTURES_DIR="$HOME/Pictures"
    XDG_VIDEOS_DIR="$HOME/Videos"
    Edit: I've just tried to edit this file and failed miserably.
    Apologies for misleading you
    Last edited by tea for one; May 26th, 2024 at 05:15 PM. Reason: Failed to edit user-dirs.dirs

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    Re: Gnome ticks (Dock & Files icons)

    Have a look at post 8 option 1 here https://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?t=364944
    I played around with the suggestion and seems OK.
    The beauty is that it's quite easy to revert to defaults by re-editing /etc/xdg/user-dirs.conf
    Anyway, see what you think.

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    Re: Gnome ticks (Dock & Files icons)

    1. The dock has two permanent "SSD" icons for "zpool" and "rpool". They cannot be removed (the only options are to "mount" them). Why can't I have control over what is in my own dock?
    If these zpool and rpool things are considered by the system to be "volumes" or "devices" you can hide them with a setting in:

    Settings > Ubuntu Desktop > Dock > Configure Dock Behavior

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    Re: Gnome ticks (Dock & Files icons)

    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis N View Post
    If these zpool and rpool things are considered by the system to be "volumes" or "devices" you can hide them with a setting in:

    Settings > Ubuntu Desktop > Dock > Configure Dock Behavior
    Never noticed this sub-menu before. Thank you, Dennis!

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    Re: Gnome ticks (Dock & Files icons)

    Quote Originally Posted by tea for one View Post
    Have a look at post 8 option 1 here https://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?t=364944
    I played around with the suggestion and seems OK.
    The beauty is that it's quite easy to revert to defaults by re-editing /etc/xdg/user-dirs.conf
    Anyway, see what you think.
    This works, except there are now three sections of icons on the left-side Files menu:

    Starred, Home, Trash
    The directories I want
    Other Locations

    Still an improvement in usability, so thank you!

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