Why .local/share ?
dobey.pwns at gmail.com
Mon Nov 10 04:56:08 PST 2008
On Mon, 2008-11-10 at 11:30 +0100, Thiago Macieira wrote:
> Orion White wrote:
> >I've begun to use the XDG base directory standard for my projects, and I
> >am very happy with it.
> >However, I do not understand the rational behind .local/share. I have
> >searched the Internet for some explanation, but to no avail.
> >Why is .local/share not just .local/ or .share/? Why the two levels? And
> >what is supposed to go in .local/ other than share/?
> Think of .local/lib, .local/bin, .local/libexec or .local/include. Also
> note that many systems already append "share" to their prefixes (/usr,
> /usr/local), so it was probably easier to reuse the code.
Then why ".config" instead of ".local/etc" and ".cache" instead of
".local/var/cache"? Shouldn't these directories be under .local as
well? And shouldn't we define XDG_FOO_HOME variables for the other
paths? I think an $XDG_LIB_HOME would be particularly useful for
apps who wish to allow plug-ins to be installed in the user's home
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