Re: [dev] Re: XDG directories

From: Kris Maglione <>
Date: Fri, 11 Jun 2010 09:29:41 -0400

On Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 03:17:18PM +0200, David Engster wrote:
>David Engster writes:
>> I'm trying to understand which problem exactly is solved by this. I
>> tried to read the "XDG Base Directory Specification" [1] but I admit I
>> didn't get past "Basics". How is fiddling with XDG_DATA_HOME,
>> better than a dotfile or dot-directory in your $HOME?
>OK, I've tried the next section.
>Can someone explain to me what XDG_DATA_HOME really is for? I know what
>the spec says ("directory relative to which user specific data files
>should be stored"), but then it doesn't make sense to me that its
>default is '~/.local/share'. Since XDG_DATA_DIRS default is
>'/usr/share:/usr/local/share', and data in XDG_DATA_HOME overrides
>those, it seems they want to mimic the share hierarchy locally? They
>somehow want to separate configuration from user data, but then they mix
>user data with application data? I don't get it.

Like I said, the spec is verging on batty as is. I still haven't
figured that out myself, and that's after searching the
directories on my computer and seeing what other apps've done.
My best guess on the matter is that .config should be more for
user-editable things, and .local/share for — other local crap, I
guess. Current apps don't really seem to discriminate.

Kris Maglione
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