storage location for common user directories
Joerg.Barfurth at Sun.COM
Thu Mar 9 10:40:18 EET 2006
Jamie McCracken schrieb:
> 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.
There are lots of candidates for this.
> The conclusion was we would not hardcode the paths of the directories
> because of language translations,
I don't think translating the physical names of the directories is a
good idea. It causes all sorts of problems when people access their home
directory using different locales. Will they end up with multiple
instances of the same data? Or with a mixed-language UI?
> whether to have them in $Home or
> $Desktop, making them configurable so Documents could point to a shared
> folder on a server etc
Configurability (per distro, system or user) can also cause problems.
But if there are political obstacles to achieving consensus, we probably
won't get around it.
> 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.
I think an API for retrieving folder names (physical and display) is far
superior for this. All of MacOS, Mac OSX and MS Windows have this.
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