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In the Finder of my new Mac, there are two things I don't understand:

1) in the sidebar Desktop and Documents are placed under iCloud.

2) the Desktop and Documents folders are not shown in Macintosh HD ==> Users ==> SoftTimur in Finder, even though in a terminal we can see that they are physically in the folder of SoftTimur.

Does anyone know why it is like that?

PS: ls -lO returns

total 0
drwx------@  5 softTimur  staff  -  160 Dec 21 10:50 Applications
drwx------@  5 softTimur  staff  -  160 Dec 22 22:29 Applications (Parallels)
drwx------@ 13 softTimur  staff  -  416 Dec 22 17:41 Desktop
drwx------@  5 softTimur  staff  -  160 Dec 22 17:41 Documents
drwx------+ 20 softTimur  staff  -  640 Dec 22 21:53 Downloads
drwx------+ 63 softTimur  staff  - 2016 Dec 21 20:47 Library
drwx------+  5 softTimur  staff  -  160 Dec 22 17:41 Movies
drwx------+  6 softTimur  staff  -  192 Dec 22 17:41 Music
drwx------   4 softTimur  staff  -  128 Dec 22 22:45 Parallels
drwx------+  6 softTimur  staff  -  192 Dec 22 17:41 Pictures
drwxr-xr-x+  4 softTimur  staff  -  128 Dec 20 16:41 Public
drwxr-xr-x   5 softTimur  staff  -  160 Dec 22 22:34 Startup

PS: in Mac Finder:

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  • Are you storing your Desktop and Documents folders in iCloud Drive? Check under System Preferences -> iCloud -> iCloud Drive -> Options, should be the first item at the top. Also run ls -lO and see if the Desktop and Documents folders are just hidden. – JMY1000 Dec 23 '17 at 3:55
  • OK, I see that by default these folders are in iCloud's options. So since they are in iCloud, I cannot see these 2 folders under Macintosh HD ==> Users ==> SoftTimur in Finder? – SoftTimur Dec 23 '17 at 3:59
  • Check to see if they're just hidden using ls -lO in the Terminal. – JMY1000 Dec 23 '17 at 3:59
  • In the Terminal, even ls shows these 2 folders. What is odd is that they are not under SoftTimur in Finder. – SoftTimur Dec 23 '17 at 4:00
  • Can you give me the full output of ls -lO? That particular command should show some of the flags. – JMY1000 Dec 23 '17 at 4:01
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It is like that because your Documents and Desktop folders are stored in iCloud. Thus, they are no longer shown in your Home folder (the folder with your username) as they are now in the iCloud one.

This mean that files in Documents and Desktop are stored both locally on your Mac and online on iCloud as long as there is enough space available on your disk. If your computer runs out of space or for files you have not opened in a while, they are deleted from your disk but remain available online for a download when needed.

You can remove this feature at any time in system pref.

PS: I'not an expert with the terminal but I guess artifacts could be aliases to those folders or maybe your Mac shows Documents & Desktop above iCloud by convenience.

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