Thumnail & Icon specs

Havoc Pennington hp at
Thu Jul 31 03:28:28 EEST 2003

On Wed, Jul 30, 2003 at 05:55:50PM +0200, Craig Drummond wrote: 
> Whilst reading the specs at, I came across the Thumbnail
> and Icon specs. These specify that thumbnails should be stored in
> $HOME/.thumbnails and icons in $HOME/.icons. Would it not be better to store these in
> $XDG_DATA_HOME/thumbnails and $XDG_DATA_HOME/icons respectively? Littering
> $HOME with lots of hidden folders is very annoying, and in this instance seems
> quite pointless.
> Another culprit is fontconfig - where the default user fonts dir is
> $HOME/.fonts. Again, would it not be better if this was changed to use
> $XDG_DATA_HOME/fonts?

The basic reason is that XDG_DATA_HOME was invented after these specs.

Changing it might make sense, but hasn't been brought up before now.


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