About XDG specification implementation in Gutsy

Cody A.W. Somerville cody-somerville at ubuntu.com
Sat Jul 14 02:47:42 BST 2007


The default IS the standard.

The ability to change the default is just apart of that standard in
casethere is a need to change the default.

On 7/13/07, Ouattara Oumar Aziz (alias wattazoum) <wattazoum at gmail.com>
wrote:
>
> Christopher James Halse Rogers a écrit :
> > On Sat, 2007-07-14 at 02:51 +0200, Ouattara Oumar Aziz (alias wattazoum)
> > wrote:
> >> Hello,
> >>
> >> I am very happy to see that Gutsy started to implement the XDG
> >> specification. That makes a cleaner and more usable desktop. But is it
> >> decide to implement the whole specification :
> >> http://standards.freedesktop.org/basedir-spec/basedir-spec-0.6.html
> >>
> >> In the specification there is some env vars to get where the software
> >> should set there conf files and their datas. But I don't have those
> vars
> >> in Gutsy. Should I anyway develop my software to be compliant to it
> >> (meaning that they will be implemented ) or should I continue the old
> way ?
> >
> > You'll notice from that spec that if the environment variables are unset
> > then your app should use the default dirs instead.  Thus, for example,
> > config should go in $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/appname, or ~/.config/appname if
> > that variable is unset.
> >
> > There's no need for Ubuntu to set that environment explicitly; the
> > defaults should be good for most people.
> >
> > Chris Halse Rogers
> >
>
> Well, It's right that I can set a default dir for my app but what is the
> use of this spec if it's just for letting developers implement the
> default. IMHO, since Ubuntu has chosen to start implementing this spec,
> it should implement it all. BTW what you said is true, developers should
> also implement the default (after checking the Env Var) to not fail on
> not compliant systems.
> Anyway, I don't find it wise to announce that we implemented XDG when
> it's just a part of it that has been implemented.
>
> Best regards
> wattazoum
>
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