Local config files
Config files and where to find them
This is about local user config files - not to be confused with the system config files under /etc/
In the old days we had dot-files - worked well for me. These are found in one's home directory /home/user/.
From the shell
$ ls -a
These can be directories or files. Traditionally, each program that
needed to store preferences, local cache data would put it in a dot-file using the name of the package.
Some complexity junckies with the gnome project decided we had to change all this - it was working too well.
So they started putting the configs in ~/.config/program-name/files
Not so bad - un-clutters a directory listing. I get it (but would have
just had a normal directory called config - but I digress )
Realizing that people could still find what they were looking for - they decided to add two more places:
Or so the theory is
- ~/.config/ is where per-user configuration files go
- ~/.cache is where per-user cache files go
- ~/.local/share is where per-user data files go
So if you are debugging some trouble causing program - you will have to check all three or four places.
Ferinstance - you will still find things under ~/.kde for kde - but also under all the other places. This is not a good-thing.
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