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How to correctly rename folders inside /home

asked 2016-02-17 08:42:47 -0500

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Hello! During install i chose my native lang (ru). bc of that all folders inside /home have russian labels. It caused some issues with software i use.

I renamed folders manually. How to tell to some native apps what have i done?)

For example all screenshots are saves to /home folder now.

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answered 2016-02-17 10:17:08 -0500

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updated 2016-02-18 09:18:32 -0500

A nice way to rename all folders is to (temporarily) change Gnome's language to EN (e.g.), restart, and upon next login you should automatically be asked if your standard folders should be changed. If, for some reason that does not happen, you will have to run the program:


The folders are defined in the file: ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs. (To edit it manually: gedit ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs).

In a non-Gnome, or even non-Desktop environment, you should edit the content of ~/.config/user-dirs.locale to e.g. en_US, and then run


For more info:

man user-dirs.dirs
man user-dirs.conf
man user-dirs.defaults
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...and if you're not using Gnome?

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2016-02-17 14:00:37 -0500 )edit


florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2016-02-17 14:02:41 -0500 )edit

Thank you. Asked and answered. I asked because the way your answer was phrased made it look like your suggestion was Gnome-specific and not all of us who use Fedora use Gnome.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2016-02-17 14:50:10 -0500 )edit

You are right! Let me edit my answer accordingly.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2016-02-17 15:10:00 -0500 )edit

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