XDG Base Directory Spec

Lee Willis lee at leewillis.co.uk
Sun Feb 8 21:35:16 EET 2004

There was some discussion recently on the Muine[1] development list
about standard locations for files for a user, much like windows has "My
Documents/My Music", and "My Document/My Pictures". The closest I can
find to anything representing this would be the Basedir spec -

This doesn't however go as far as I think would be useful in the case we
were originally considering, specifically the creation of standard
directories for:

- Music storage
- Playlist storage

These could then be used as the default import location for music
players, the default save path by music rippers, and per mime-type
default save locations when downloading content in browsers etc.

The thread which originally sparked this off was on the muine list at

I'd be interested in any feedback that anyone of this list has,
particularly about whether this is a good idea, and how the
implementation might work.


[1] A GNOME music player written in C# -

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