RFC: Use ~/.etc/kde4... symlinks are evil

Kevin Krammer kevin.krammer at gmx.at
Fri Oct 5 12:05:55 BST 2007

On Friday 05 October 2007, Dexter Filmore wrote:
> > I think that your idea can be simply implemented by putting kde4 files
> > into ~/.etc/kde4, and add a symbolic link to ~/.kde4 for KDE4
> > compatibility. This way we even do not have to change $KDEHOME
> > environment variable.  What do you think about this?
> Not good, at least not with kde3. I use to symlink the version,
> like .kde-3.5.6 --> .kde/ so I could do backups by version before
> upgrading. when I ditched the idea someday because.. I reinstalled or so I
> didn't create the symlink and nothing worked. grepping thru the dir quickly
> produced that the symlink name was put it everywhere where ".kde/" should
> have been. Cleaning this mess up took me a full day.
> apart from that I love the idea of having ~/.etc in general. This seriously
> should be a standard, it's way better than tons of ~/.<appname> dirs.

You probably missed my answer to the thread starter, but there is basically a 
standard and it is $XDG_CONFIG_HOME, defaulting to $HOME/.config


Kevin Krammer, KDE developer, xdg-utils developer
KDE user support, developer mentoring
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