What constitutes "user configuration files" in the XDG basedir spec?

Axel Liljencrantz liljencrantz at gmail.com
Wed Mar 4 13:17:43 PST 2009

2009/3/4 Dieter Plaetinck <dieter at plaetinck.be>

> Imho that would fall in the config section, because the user configured
> the variables explicitly.  Note that state vs config is not about
> persistent vs not-persistent.  "State" and "config" (just like "data",
> "cache" etc) are meant to categorize files.  The fact that
> in your case your variables are first in memory and persisted to disk
> only later does not change their "nature" (which is config, imho)

I didn't mean that the path the data takes while traveling to disk is what
made it into state, I was strictly talking about the nature of the data
stored. Another example. The next major fish release is planned to use
universal variables to share a common command history between all running
shells. Surely, that is state, not configuration? I believe it was even
mentioned earlier in this discussion as an example of application state.

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