Recommendation for $HOME
hv at tbz-pariv.de
Tue Dec 5 17:58:16 EET 2006
the file system hierarchy standard defines nothing
I think a little standard (recommendation) would be good.
Here are some ideas:
If email is stored under $HOME the path to the
inbox directory should be $HOME/Maildir/Inbox/.
Every MUA and MDA uses a different default location. It would
be good to have a recommendation.
In the Maildir base directory (~/Maildir) all directories which don't
contain a maildir directory must start with a dot. This means all
index files must start with a dot. The index file for "myfolder",
should be beginn with ".myfolder."
Background: I tried some MUAs, and now the maildir base directory
contains a lot of index files. That's annoying if you use e.g. mutt,
which displays all the index files, too.
To avoid too many dot-files and dot-directories under $HOME,
applications can use $HOME/.etc/myapp/. If ~/.etc/ is used, "myapp"
must be a directory.
The above idea could be done with more directories: ~/.tmp ~/.var ...
In my HOME directory there are 191 dotfiles/dotdirectories. That's too
What do you think?
How to write a recommendation/standard for things like this?
Thomas Güttler, http://www.tbz-pariv.de/
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