XDG dirs not visible
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Apps don't see my folders for music, videos, etc.


You can experience that some of your apps can't "see" your media directories. For example, you can't choose picture from Pictures folder when setting background:

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This usually happens if the xdg rules are missing. You can fix this by creating a file inisde .config/user-dirs.dirs, with the following content:

XDG_DESKTOP_DIR="$HOME/Desktop"
XDG_DOCUMENTS_DIR="$HOME/Documents"
XDG_DOWNLOAD_DIR="$HOME/Downloads"
XDG_MUSIC_DIR="$HOME/Music"
XDG_PICTURES_DIR="$HOME/Pictures"
XDG_PUBLICSHARE_DIR="$HOME/Public"
XDG_TEMPLATES_DIR="$HOME/Templates"
XDG_VIDEOS_DIR="$HOME/Videos"

Log out and then log back in, and GNOME software will know where do you place your media files:

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