basedir spec

Jaap Karssenberg j.g.karssenberg at
Thu Sep 4 17:04:05 EEST 2003

On Thu, 4 Sep 2003 09:13:25 -0400 Carl Worth wrote:
: What's the motivation for the two separate variables? Since the
: variables can accept a list of values, it seems that the desired
: control could be achieved much more simply by just having a single
: variable.

That would also solve my problem. But since I'm afraid this is the kind
of issue that could start a Holy War, I propose a more conservative
modification of the spec.

One advantage of the 2 variable system is that you can set your
XDG_DATA_HOME and still have the default XDG_DATA_DIRS while in the 1
variable version I would have to remember to set the dir I want to use
_and_ append the defaults to it (which I then have to remember
An other issue is that while XDG_DATA_DIRS are only used to read data,
XDG_DATA_HOME might be used to write data, and thus marks one directory
as special.

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