Request for clarification on menu/file spec

Aaron J. Seigo aseigo at
Tue Feb 7 20:59:47 EET 2006

On Tuesday 07 February 2006 11:17, Kevin Krammer wrote:
> Maybe should specify a file where the variables have to be
> defined, something like /etc/xdg.conf
> Something like
> "if environment variable XDG_DATA_DIRS is set, use the directories listed
> there to look for file. If not set check /etc/xdg.conf. If not present
> there either, assume defaults"
> That would allow to override normal settings by setting XDG_DATA_DIRS,
> allow a central location for additions of the base environment and have the
> fallback used as now.

this is what i've been asking for since 3.4 and the beginning of the flood of 
XDG_DATA_DIRS-not-set-correctly related bugs on i'd really like 
to see this happen because both ISVs and users struggle with the environment 
variable approach. since so many people struggle with it, i'd suggest that's 
empirical evidence that it sucks ;)

Aaron J. Seigo
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