Linux Mint (and likely other distributions) come with a feature which tracks files that have been recently modified by certain GTK+ based GUI applications. This feature appears when you use the common “Save As” or “Open” dialogs. The feature displays a read-only, pseudo directory which cannot be written to, requiring an additional step to browse to a writable location.
Disabling this feature is pretty simple. Run the following two commands and it will be shut off:
rm ~/.local/share/recently-used.xbel mkdir ~/.local/share/recently-used.xbel
What this does is removes the XML file used for keeping track of recently opened files. It is then replaced with a directory, a sort of hack to prevent the file from appearing again.
From now on the “Save As” and “Open” dialogs will default to your home directory. There’s no place like
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