Relocated items alias on desktop after update question

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Hello all,
After I finally got my update to Catalina to finish updating, I ended up with an alias on my desktop called relocated items. Does anyone know what this is and what I should do about it?

Greg Wocher



Submitted by Bryan Jones on Wednesday, October 9, 2019

After upgrading to Catalina, my Desktop also contained that alias. The root of the referenced folder contained a PDF file named "What Are Relocated Items?" The brief text content of that file is pasted below. I browsed through the folder structure and didn't find anything critical, but I was upgrading from a clean install of 10.14, so YMMV.

Begin Text pasted from the "What are relocated items.PDF" file:
"During the last macOS upgrade or file migration, some of your files couldn’t be moved to their new locations. This folder contains these files.
Files needing new locations
Some of your files had been in a location that is now incompatible with macOS security settings. These files were moved to the Security folder for your review.
If there are any files you want to keep, you can move them to a new location, as long as it is different from their location before the upgrade or migration.
Copyright © 2019 Apple Inc. All rights reserved."
End Text pasted from the "What are relocated items.PDF" file.