Home Directory KDE config files [SOLVED]

Duncan 1i5t5.duncan at cox.net
Sat Oct 29 20:21:05 BST 2011

Martin (KDE) posted on Sat, 29 Oct 2011 16:42:16 +0200 as excerpted:

>> a) dot dirs (I don't like stuff hiding on me!).
> I am a fan of this. My normal users would delete these files to often
> And I have to recover them from backup.

That's actually why I don't like stuff hiding on me!

Sometime last century when I was still a bit of a computer newbie (and 
well before I left MS, this was the MS Windows 3.1 / MSDOS 6 era IIRC), I 
deleted an "empty" directory that, of all the stupid things, had 
something critical 
"hidden" inside, so I couldn't see the dir wasn't empty, deduce the 
importance of the files inside, and stay well away from deleting them!

But environmental variables are a useful way of dealing with it.  Of 
course, if all packages with dot-files/dirs in $HOME had environmental 
vars to set, that'd be a lot of environmental pollution too, but perhaps 
they could standardize on a prefix/suffix, say CONF or RC, thereby at 
least making them ID-able on sight.

But the XDG_* vars do go some way toward fixing that, for sure! =:^)

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