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Re: Registry for cache directories (to save backup space)

On Sat, 22 Aug 2009 22:43:11 +0800
Paul Wise <pabs@debian.org> wrote:

> On Sat, Aug 22, 2009 at 10:23 PM, Thomas Koch<thomas@koch.ro> wrote:
> > while watching rsnapshot doing a backup of my laptop, I thought:
> > Wouldn't it be fine, to have a registry of cache directories that
> > shouldn't be backed up?
> ...
> > So a debian package could register all the places, where it puts
> > caches and a system administrator could use this registry to speed
> > up backups and save bandwidth and storage.
> Debian is the wrong place to do that, the FreeDesktop group and
> upstreams is the best place to do that.

FreeDesktop is equally wrong, as not all applications are desktop
applications (a point that is often forgotten, nowadays). The right
place would be the FHS. 

> Looks like there was discussion about this as far back as 2004:
> http://lists.freedesktop.org/archives/xdg/2004-July/thread.html#2603
> http://www.brynosaurus.com/cachedir/
> Probably just fixing all apps to use the XDG Base Directory spec and
> not backing up ~/.cache is enough though:

I'm quite sure that not everyone would call that `fixing'.

> http://standards.freedesktop.org/basedir-spec/basedir-spec-0.6.html
> http://packages.debian.org/sid/libxdg-basedir-dev


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