Picture folder disappears after last update

Hi everyone, my Picture folder disappeared after this morning’s update. I’m not where to start if anyone can help.


A start would be which desktop environment are you using, which updates were installed, and do you have a backup of the folder?

its just not hidden is it?
see if a . is in front of the name like .Pictures

Never had an update mess with the contents of the home folder.

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Yup, KDE, full yay -Suy update this morning and I have a back up. Tx

Thanks, I never had that problem either. I noticed it happened after the update, but I was already working on it. Nothing .Pictures is showing up. I’m searching the entire hard drive. Tx

What does /var/log/pacman.log show for that update?


It was a big update because I was gone the week before.

[2023-06-25T05:59:20-0400] [PACMAN] Running ‘pacman -S -y --config /etc/pacman.conf --’
[2023-06-25T05:59:20-0400] [PACMAN] synchronizing package lists
[2023-06-25T05:59:32-0400] [PACMAN] Running ‘pacman -S -y -u --config /etc/pacman.conf --’
[2023-06-25T05:59:32-0400] [PACMAN] synchronizing package lists
[2023-06-25T05:59:33-0400] [PACMAN] starting full system upgrade
[2023-06-25T06:00:37-0400] [ALPM] transaction started
[2023-06-25T06:00:37-0400] [ALPM] upgraded lib32-brotli (1.0.9-5 → 1.0.9-12)
[2023-06-25T06:00:37-0400] [ALPM] upgraded libpng (1.6.39-1 → 1.6.40-1)
[2023-06-25T06:00:37-0400] [ALPM] upgraded lib32-libpng (1.6.39-1 → 1.6.40-1)
[2023-06-25T06:00:37-0400] [ALPM] upgraded libssh2 (1.10.0-3 → 1.11.0-1)
[2023-06-25T06:00:37-0400] [ALPM] upgraded lib32-libssh2 (1.10.0-2 → 1.11.0-1)
[2023-06-25T06:00:38-0400] [ALPM] upgraded mesa (23.1.2-1 → 23.1.3-1)
[2023-06-25T06:00:38-0400] [ALPM] upgraded lib32-mesa (23.1.2-1 → 23.1.3-1)
[2023-06-25T06:00:38-0400] [ALPM] upgraded vulkan-radeon (23.1.2-1 → 23.1.3-1)
[2023-06-25T06:00:38-0400] [ALPM] upgraded lib32-vulkan-radeon (23.1.2-1 → 23.1.3-1)
[2023-06-25T06:00:38-0400] [ALPM] upgraded libopenmpt (0.7.1-1 → 0.7.2-1)
[2023-06-25T06:00:39-0400] [ALPM] upgraded powerdevil (5.27.6-1 → 5.27.6-3)
[2023-06-25T06:01:17-0400] [ALPM] upgraded python-cryptography (40.0.2-1 → 41.0.1-2)
[2023-06-25T06:01:17-0400] [ALPM] upgraded python-google-auth (2.17.3-1 → 2.18.0-1)
[2023-06-25T06:01:17-0400] [ALPM] upgraded python-natsort (8.3.1-2 → 8.4.0-1)
[2023-06-25T06:01:17-0400] [ALPM] upgraded python-setuptools (1:67.8.0-1 → 1:68.0.0-1)
[2023-06-25T06:01:17-0400] [ALPM] upgraded sddm (0.19.0-9 → 0.20.0-1)
[2023-06-25T06:01:20-0400] [ALPM] upgraded wine (8.10-1 → 8.11-1)
[2023-06-25T06:01:20-0400] [ALPM] upgraded wolfssl (5.6.2-1 → 5.6.3-1)
[2023-06-25T06:01:21-0400] [ALPM] transaction completed
[2023-06-25T06:01:21-0400] [ALPM] running ‘20-systemd-sysusers.hook’…
[2023-06-25T06:01:21-0400] [ALPM] running ‘30-systemd-binfmt.hook’…
[2023-06-25T06:01:21-0400] [ALPM] running ‘30-systemd-daemon-reload.hook’…
[2023-06-25T06:01:22-0400] [ALPM] running ‘30-systemd-tmpfiles.hook’…
[2023-06-25T06:01:22-0400] [ALPM] running ‘30-systemd-update.hook’…
[2023-06-25T06:01:22-0400] [ALPM] running ‘90-packagekit-refresh.hook’…
[2023-06-25T06:01:22-0400] [ALPM] running ‘dbus-reload.hook’…
[2023-06-25T06:01:22-0400] [ALPM] running ‘eos-reboot-required.hook’…
[2023-06-25T06:01:22-0400] [ALPM] running ‘fontconfig.hook’…
[2023-06-25T06:01:22-0400] [ALPM] running ‘fontconfig-32.hook’…
[2023-06-25T06:01:24-0400] [ALPM] running ‘rebuild-detector.hook’…
[2023-06-25T06:01:50-0400] [ALPM-SCRIPTLET] foreign audiotools-git
[2023-06-25T06:01:50-0400] [ALPM-SCRIPTLET] foreign firestorm-bin
[2023-06-25T06:01:50-0400] [ALPM-SCRIPTLET] foreign gemrb
[2023-06-25T06:01:50-0400] [ALPM-SCRIPTLET] foreign python-patch-ng
[2023-06-25T06:01:50-0400] [ALPM-SCRIPTLET] foreign python-pep517
[2023-06-25T06:01:50-0400] [ALPM-SCRIPTLET] foreign python-pluginbase
[2023-06-25T06:01:50-0400] [ALPM-SCRIPTLET] foreign vorta-git
[2023-06-25T06:01:50-0400] [ALPM-SCRIPTLET] foreign zoom
[2023-06-25T06:01:50-0400] [ALPM] running ‘update-desktop-database.hook’…
[2023-06-25T07:56:00-0400] [PACKAGEKIT] synchronizing package lists
[2023-06-26T06:46:57-0400] [PACMAN] Running ‘pacman -S -y --config /etc/pacman.conf --’
[2023-06-26T06:46:57-0400] [PACMAN] synchronizing package lists
[2023-06-26T06:49:08-0400] [PACMAN] Running ‘pacman -S -u -y --config /etc/pacman.conf --’
[2023-06-26T06:49:08-0400] [PACMAN] synchronizing package lists
[2023-06-26T06:49:09-0400] [PACMAN] starting full system upgrade
[2023-06-26T06:49:38-0400] [ALPM] transaction started
[2023-06-26T06:49:39-0400] [ALPM] upgraded crypto++ (8.7.0-1 → 8.8.0-1)
[2023-06-26T06:49:40-0400] [ALPM] upgraded imagemagick ( →
[2023-06-26T06:49:41-0400] [ALPM] upgraded openexr (3.1.8-1 → 3.1.9-1)
[2023-06-26T06:49:41-0400] [ALPM] upgraded pcsclite (1.9.9-3 → 2.0.0-1)
[2023-06-26T06:50:22-0400] [ALPM] upgraded python-cachetools (5.3.0-2 → 5.3.1-1)


Even weirder. When I use Dolphin or Thunar to open My Documents from the left panel, it gives me the same above error message. But when I double-click on the Home folder and then double-click on the My Documents folder it opens.

I wonder if the table of content is corrupted.

yay -Suy? Never seen this before? :thinking:

LOL, dyslexia and typonese. Powerful combos.

yay -Syu

yay is all you need for regular updates. It defaults to yay -Syu.
I’m too lazy to type more than 3 letters.

I can’t see any reason why pictures folder would disappear because of updating. :thinking:

I know. I can’t dismiss user action either but I can’t see how I would have done this. It’s not in the trash either.

Do you use timeshift? Or some other snapshot tool?

Do you have any hooks that run with update? Check what those do.

Did you update any AUR packages? Did you check the PKGBUILDs?

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The only natural explanation is it was renamed. Check your relevant settings:

pacman -Q xdg-user-dirs && systemctl --user status xdg-user-dirs-update && grep . $HOME/.config/user-dirs.{dirs,locale}
locale | grep -iE "^lang|^lc_messages" 
grep -s "^LANG" $HOME/.config/*

I have backups, I’m not too worried. timefshift never worked well for me. I have Vorta and Borg. No hooks that I’m aware of. I’m not savvy enough to understand hooks :slight_smile:

I’m not sure if I updated AUR packages and even less PKGBUILDs. Sry :frowning:

Holy Fright! It was removed.

xdg-user-dirs 0.18-1
○ xdg-user-dirs-update.service - Update XDG user dir configuration
Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/user/xdg-user-dirs-update.service; enabled; preset: enabled)
Active: inactive (dead) since Sun 2023-06-25 07:50:36 EDT; 1 day 4h ago
Docs: man:xdg-user-dirs-update(1)
Main PID: 634 (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
CPU: 4ms

Jun 25 07:50:35 Base systemd[625]: Starting Update XDG user dir configuration…
Jun 25 07:50:36 Base xdg-user-dirs-update[634]: /home/suoni/Pictures was removed, reassigning PICTURES to homedir
Jun 25 07:50:36 Base systemd[625]: Finished Update XDG user dir configuration.


I don’t see PICTURES in the homedir, which I assume to be the Home directory.

Wow and now my USB backup drives are not listed under Dolphin or Thunar.

What would happen if the OP reinstalls xdg-user-dirs? Will that fix the issue or cause more grief?

Please, use code format for terminal output. You can edit your previous posts to make them reliably readable.
Don’t use blockquote. Use pre-formated text button </>.

Sry about that. I knew it and clicked on the wrong ones.