XDG Config Folders

Sebastian Geiger sbastig at gmx.net
Tue Aug 31 21:51:14 BST 2010


Hi,

has there ever been a discussion about the FreeDesktop Spec for
configuration files. FYI, the spec says to put config files not into the
home folder directly but instead proposes there separate directories:
    XDG_DATA_HOME: ~/.local/share
    XDG_CONFIG_HOME: ~/.config
    XDG_CACHE_HOME: ~/.cache

There are also a couple of ubuntu brainstorm entries:
    * Ubuntu Brainstorm
        http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/1210/ (current)
        http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/6557/ (duplicate)
        http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/9343/ (duplicate)
As well as a bunch of other resources:
    * The GNOME Goal proposal:
        http://live.gnome.org/GnomeGoals/XDGConfigFolders
    * Tracker Bug for the proposed GNOME Goal:
        https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=523057
    * A blog entry about the XDG Spec:
	http://ploum.frimouvy.org/?184-cleaning-user-preferences-keeping-user-data
	http://ploum.frimouvy.org/?207-modify-your-application-to-use-xdg-folders (more detailed)
    * The _official_ FreeDesktop specification
        http://standards.freedesktop.org/basedir-spec/latest/ar01s03.html
    * Thoughs of other people
	http://www.aigarius.com/blog/2007/01/10/fhs-extension-for-user-home-folders/

I just wanted to bring this up, if there has already been a discussion
about this, maybe someone can point me to it or let me know about the
current status about this issue.

Cheers
Sebastian



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