[fpc-devel] GetAppConfigDir under Unices

Michael Van Canneyt michael at freepascal.org
Fri Nov 4 17:26:28 CET 2005

On Fri, 4 Nov 2005, dannym wrote:

> Hi,
> Am Freitag, den 04.11.2005, 05:46 +0100 schrieb Michalis Kamburelis:
>> Hi
>> I just tested SysUtils.GetAppConfigDir under Linux and I see that it
>> returns
>>    GetHomeDir + ApplicationName
>> (when Global = false). Shouldn't it rather return
>>    GetHomeDir + '.' + ApplicationName
>> ? Config directories in user's home dir traditionally start with '.' to
>> be somewhat "hidden". I would expect GetAppConfigDir to follow this
>> practice.
> actually by now it is (among others) GetHomeDir + '/.config/' +
> ApplicationName, according to the Desktop Base Directory Spec
> "$XDG_CONFIG_HOME defines the base directory relative to which user
> specific configuration files should be stored. If $XDG_CONFIG_HOME is
> either not set or empty, a default equal to $HOME/.config should be
> used."
> http://standards.freedesktop.org/basedir-spec/basedir-spec-0.6.html
> I guess someone died the death of a thousand dotfiles, and figured that
> it can't continue like that :)

Do you know a distro that uses this ?
SuSE definitely doesn't. The .config directory doesn't even exist.

Also, most existing apps don't adhere to this, but use the scheme as
outlined in FPC. so..;


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