I do not particularly like the standard folders that are automatically created in my
$HOME. I used to just delete them and then set emblems on my own folders in XFCE. Some time ago, I found a discussion on LinuxQuestions about what program creates these automatically.
The default folders are set in
~/.config/user-dirs.dirs. The file has the following content:
# This file is written by xdg-user-dirs-update # If you want to change or add directories, just edit the line you're # interested in. All local changes will be retained on the next run # Format is XDG_xxx_DIR="$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"
It’s easy to just modify
Videos to whatever you prefer. Paths can be either relative to
$HOME (as shown above) or absolute. For the changes to take effect, just log out and in.
Extensive information can be found at Arch Linux’s wiki.