well-known user folders, a proposal

Alexander Larsson alexl at redhat.com
Thu Feb 22 07:51:45 PST 2007

On Thu, 2007-02-22 at 09:32 -0500, Dan Winship wrote:
> On Thu, 2007-02-22 at 12:11 +0100, Alexander Larsson wrote:
> > In order to make it really easy for scripts to use this we store the
> > user settings in a form that is compatible with /bin/sh. This means
> > you can use them as simple as:
> > source ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs
> That works for scripts that are part of the distro, but apps that need
> to work on either pre- or post- xdg-user-dirs-compliant systems would
> need something like
>         test -f ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs && source ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs
>         echo ${XDG_DOWNLOAD_DIR:-~}
> (And shouldn't "~/.config" be "${XDG_CONFIG_HOME:-~/.config}"?)
> Probably best to provide a simple shell function people can copy+paste
> into their script, and then just do
>         echo `xdg-user-dir DOWNLOAD`

This seems to work:

test -f ${XDG_CONFIG_HOME:-~/.config}/user-dirs.dirs && source
if [ "x$1" == "xDESKTOP" ]; then
  eval echo \${XDG_${1}_DIR:-$HOME/Desktop}
  eval echo \${XDG_${1}_DIR:-$HOME}

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