Thumnail & Icon specs
tal00r at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Thu Jul 31 13:42:06 EEST 2003
On Thu, Jul 31, 2003 at 11:19:11AM +0200, Waldo Bastian wrote:
> On Thursday 31 July 2003 02:09, Malcolm Tredinnick wrote:
> > On Thu, 2003-07-31 at 01:55, Craig Drummond wrote:
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > I’m new to this list, so I apologise if I’m already bringing up a known
> > > issue - I've looked at the archives for a few months back, and can't find
> > > anything...
> > >
> > > Whilst reading the specs at www.freedesktop.org, 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?
> > One reason is that the user cannot necessarily write to $XDG_DATA_HOME,
> > whereas they can obviously write to $HOME.
> $XDG_DATA_HOME is supposed to be writable by the user just as much as
> $HOME is supposed to be writable.
> I'm not sure about the thumbnails, but I think that using
> $XDG_DATA_HOME/icons and $XDG_DATA_DIRS/icons for the icons would be
> appropriate, same for fonts.
Can we get XDG_CACHE_HOME added to the spec for thumbnails? It would
default to ~/.cache, and anything under there can be deleted to save space
and doesn't need to be backup up at all.
Thomas Leonard http://rox.sourceforge.net
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