Base Directory Spec Intended Purpose
jrb at redhat.com
Wed Aug 6 06:46:13 EEST 2003
Michael Terry <mterry at fastmail.fm> writes:
> Greetings, list.
> I have a question about the purpose of the base directory
> specification. Is it reserved for the use of other XDG specs, or is it
> something that XDG is encouraging independent developers to use as
> well? That is, is it intended as a general solution to the 'problem'
> of many hidden directories in a user's home directory?
It is not really intended as a solution to the 'problem' of too many
hidden directories -- that's just a side effect. It's really meant to
let libraries like those used by Gnome and KDE be able to find their
shared data in a predictable fashion. It's common to compile either
into /opt/ or /usr/local, and when that happens they don't find data
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