User settings

Emanuel Dejanu edejanu at
Tue Mar 26 07:17:56 PST 2002

As I have said that this should be a must for the new programs.
And in time current programs will follow this road. All we need
is a standard.
I still hope that LSB will make thinks right: use $HOME/.settings to
keep user settings.

Best regards,

Emanuel Dejanu

-----Original Message-----
From: Kevin Caunt [mailto:krc at]
Sent: 26 martie 2002 16:54
To: edejanu at; lsb-futures
Cc: lsb-discuss at; lsb-spec at;
freestandards-fhs-discuss at
Subject: RE: User settings

I think this should go to the LSB Futures working group.

Kevin Caunt
krc at
512-823-8540; t/l 793-8540
IBM Linux Technology Center
FSG's Linux Standard Base

"Emanuel Dejanu" <edejanu at> on 03/26/2002 08:21:31 AM

Please respond to <edejanu at>

To:    <vulture at>
cc:    <freestandards-fhs-discuss at>,
       <lsb-discuss at>, <lsb-spec at>
Subject:    RE: User settings

I think that this is the way to go:

mkdir /etc/skel/myrealhome
mkdir $HOME/myrealhome
echo "cd $HOME/myrealhome" >> /etc/profile

Still will be nice if the FHS and LSB will
make a recommendation for the new programs
to store there settings in $HOME/.settings.

Best regards,

Emanuel Dejanu

-----Original Message-----
From: cmaae47 at [mailto:cmaae47 at]On Behalf Of Thomas
Sippel - Dau
Sent: 26 martie 2002 16:08
To: edejanu at
Cc: freestandards-fhs-discuss at
Subject: Re: User settings

Emanuel Dejanu wrote:
> I have problems with how Linux keep program settings.
> If you use many programs then your home is full with
> lots of files and directories that you do not use,
> directly and then your home is a mess. What you think
> that inseteat of using $HOME/ to keep program settings
> to use $HOME/.settings/ directory ?

Nice idea, but why not try to walk before you run, and do
something easy first, like chewing granite or shifting
mountains ?

Truth is that it is virtally impossible to eradicate at a
stroke all programs which put personal preferences, settings,
start scripts etc. into $HOME, thus you end up with several
directories rather than just one that is a total mess.

It is a much easier - though not better - approach to just
accept $HOME going messy and put the stuff you know and care
about elsewhere.


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