Bug 478191 - Places as shown in Dolphin and elsewhere do not track the "Locations" set in System Settings
Summary: Places as shown in Dolphin and elsewhere do not track the "Locations" set in ...
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 445082
Alias: None
Product: frameworks-kio
Classification: Frameworks and Libraries
Component: Places (show other bugs)
Version: 5.246.0
Platform: Other Linux
: NOR normal
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: KIO Bugs
Keywords: qt6
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Reported: 2023-12-07 04:23 UTC by Adam Fontenot
Modified: 2023-12-07 22:49 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Description Adam Fontenot 2023-12-07 04:23:15 UTC
The "Locations" option in System Settings appears to set the locations of well-known directories under the XDG user dirs pseudo-specification. On many systems, these directories will be automatically created and tools that provide shortcuts to these directories are generally expected to respect the location specified in the user-dirs config file.

The KDE concept of "Places" is somewhat orthogonal, but by default contains most of these same directories that users expect. For instance, the "Places" shown in Dolphin include "Desktop", "Documents", "Downloads", "Music", "Pictures", etc... which are all well-known and managed under the XDG standard.

Unfortunately, the "Places" don't pick up changes made to XDG user dir locations, either through the System Settings or via other means. This violates user expectations, and in fact I don't think it will be clear to most users what the "Location" settings even do.

1. Move one of the XDG user dirs (I picked ~/Desktop) to a new location (~/desktop).
2. Change the location specified for the directory in System Settings > System > Session > Locations.
3. Attempt to open the corresponding "Place" via Dolphin (or krunner, the Okular file picker, etc).

An error appears that says "The file or folder ... does not exist")

The new location opens in Dolphin.

Default "places" that are mapped to well-known user directories should be updated by KDE when the corresponding user directories are updated by System Settings or other XDG aware tools.

Operating System: Arch Linux 
KDE Plasma Version: 5.90.0
KDE Frameworks Version: 5.246.0
Qt Version: 6.6.1
Kernel Version: 6.6.4-arch1-1 (64-bit)
Graphics Platform: Wayland


This works with no further effort in the GTK file picker.
Comment 1 Nate Graham 2023-12-07 20:38:08 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 445082 ***
Comment 2 Adam Fontenot 2023-12-07 21:31:10 UTC
Nate, I'm fairly confident this is a different issue than the one you duped it to, so I'm reopening for now. I did not change the location of my home directory or my user name. This issue is specifically about directories like ~/Downloads.

In particular, the recommended workaround in that bug is using `kcmshell5 kcm_desktoppaths`, but what I'm reporting here is that changing the directories using this tool does *not* update the bookmarked "places" shown in Dolphin and elsewhere.
Comment 3 Nate Graham 2023-12-07 22:49:43 UTC
It is in fact the same issue. The Places panel items not being updated automatically is what Bug 445082is all about.

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 445082 ***