Thumnail & Icon specs

Owen Taylor otaylor at
Thu Jul 31 17:19:25 EEST 2003

On Wed, 2003-07-30 at 20:28, Havoc Pennington wrote:
> 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.

I think we'd want a better reason than this to change existing
deployed specs in an incompatible way.


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