Re: XDG Standard is not evil (was: Re: Why focus on systemd?)
Le 28.11.2014 15:32, Rusi Mody a écrit :
However there are some issues: if the software-versions in these
dont match up then its precisely these XDG files that tread on
toes across OSes.
Well... if configuration files are not both upward and downward
compatible between different versions, which could be both major, minor,
Ubuntuesque or googlesque (yes, I do think that Ubuntu and
chrome/firefox version schemes are stupid) I do not see where is the
After all, why, in the first time, do you need on the same computer
different versions of the same software, if not for testing/development
purposes? And in those purposes, you probably know how to change the
default directory, right? On correct softwares, there is a command-line
option for that, like -c, --config, or sometimes -C.
No issue for me here but...
One solution that Ive been toying with is as follows:
1. Have one real My-home partition
2. Keep /home as part of the OS-file system, so that
each OS can mess around with its own 'XDG's'
I wonder if people have tried this (or something similar) and
Here, you know, you could be smarter. XDG directories are defined by
environment variables. So, why not using, for example, in you .profile,
something like this:
case $( grep PRETTY_NAME /etc/os-release |cut -f2 -d'"' ) in
"Debian GNU/Linux jessie/sid")
echo "hey, I have no idea what distro this is?"
But, of course, it won't work with, for example, vim, bash, and plenty
of softwares which... DO NOT respect XDG things. Oh, and I used
/etc/os-release, which is not always present because... it's a part of
XDG, AFAIK. But, you can do this by grepping/sedding in some mount on
labels or whatever trick you want to identify the system on which you
This is clean, and efficient. Far better that what you could achieve
Yes, I like xdg, between other reasons because it does not impose
things: good softwares (for example, i3) allows the user to choose, if
he want or not to use XDG.