RFC: Use ~/.etc/kde4 instead of ~/.kde4 for personal configs

Richard Hartmann richih.mailinglist at gmail.com
Tue Sep 18 10:43:31 BST 2007


I am well aware that with the API freeze, my idea might be too late
anyway, on the other hand, a major version number change would
be the perfect opportunity to implement a plan like this.

My proposal is simple:

Use ~/.etc/kde4/ for configuration and data instead of ~/.kde4/ for


1) Reduces clutter of the user's home directory.

2) Puts everything into one place (I will be trying to sway some
other major apps over the next weeks and months)

3) Follows the layout of Unix configurations and basic data by
imitating /etc/

4) Makes keeping personal etc files in a version control system
even easier (does probably not apply to KDE)

As KDE already uses ~/.kde4 , the basic idea of grouping those
files in one common location is already implemented. Look at
~/.etc as a logical consequence of applying this idea to all of the
user's etc files.

I am deliberately trying to sway larger projects first as this would
create more momentum. And yes, I know that the larger projects
are harder to be swayed.

I am really sorry that I did not think of proposing this earlier,
especially as I have been pondering this concept since early this

Comments more than welcome,
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