storage location for common user directories

Jamie McCracken jamiemcc at
Wed Mar 8 17:27:13 EET 2006

Benjamin Meyer wrote:
> I am curious if anyone has through about making a storage location standard 
> for user directories.  More generic then Trash there are a handfull of 
> directories that would be usefull to know such as: Desktop, Documents, 
> Applications, Music, Movies, and Pictures.

IIRC, this was discussed a year ago or so on the gnome-dev lists. Other 
folders were specified too like Downloads and Templates.

The conclusion was we would not hardcode the paths of the directories 
because of language translations, whether to have them in $Home or 
$Desktop, making them configurable so Documents could point to a shared 
folder on a server etc

I believe the best solution was to have environment variables to get the 
paths for each respective folder so anybody could configure how they like.

Guess it needs someone to write up a spec...

Mr Jamie McCracken

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