volatile config data and XDG Base Directory spec

Thomas Kluyver thomas at kluyver.me.uk
Tue Dec 4 08:31:27 PST 2012

On 4 December 2012 15:35, Thomas Koch <thomas at koch.ro> wrote:

> Some applications store "volatile" config data or "convenience data" like:
> - last window position
> - recently opened file
> - last time application was run
> - ... you name it
> Most annoyingly these applications create config files on first run even
> if I
> won't ever run those apps again! So my home folder accumulates many
> worthless
> config files.

You could kind of call this data a cache - the user could easily move the
window to their preferred position, find a file they've recently used
again, and so on. The backup test - how much do you care if you lose it -
also suggests it could go under cache.

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