2003-12-29 · in Ideas · 125 words

I'm slowly getting fed up with the number of dotfiles I've got in my home directory. Recent software ([[Openbox 3]], [[ROX-Filer]], [[GNOME]] 2) has started moving from ~/.app to ~/.somedir/app, but there's no standardisation, so I now have several of these directories in my home directory.

It would be useful to have a standard which gave each program a ~/.config/appname/ directory into which it could stash its config files; perhaps a freedesktop.org standard would be useful for this. It would be possible to add this to existing apps without breaking backwards compatibility; first try the new location, and then only if it can't be found use the old location.

Many applications -- particularly those from the XFCE project -- have now started to move towards this arrangement.