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Accidentally moved the icon folders

asked 2012-07-13 04:02:14 -0500

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So I managed to get gnome tweak system running and changing themes, then I went over to icons and for some reason I can't remember I moved the icon folders in usr/share/icons with this command mv icons ~/.icons

Where did It go? And How can I restore it?

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It sounds like you are doing this as root. Be careful!

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2013-01-04 10:25:37 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-01-03 09:56:42 -0500

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when a folder begins with a dot, the folder is not visible. It is there you can do a cd ~/.icons and then mv the icons from there back to where they belong.

To avoid problems first do a copy, then if the copy is ok, do the delete

The copy would be sudo cp -R * /usr/share/icons/*

If the copy was OK, cd ~/.icons and use rm to clean up for more information in console mode enter man or info as man rm or info rm etc.

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answered 2013-01-04 03:35:08 -0500

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updated 2013-01-04 03:35:57 -0500

Files and directories starting with a dot (.) are treated as hidden objects.
This is just a convention because such files (and directories) are still there in the filesystem but not shown by default.

Use

ls -lad ~/.icons

to list the currently hidden directory.

Then use

mv ~/.icons /usr/share/

to restore it back to the original location.

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