[arch-general] XDG variables no longer set

Daniel Micay danielmicay at gmail.com
Tue Feb 26 06:44:17 EST 2013

On Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 6:42 AM, Robbie Smith <zoqaeski at gmail.com> wrote:
> For some reason, after my last reboot (a kernel update), none of the XDG
> variables[1] (such as $XDG_CONFIG_HOME) are being set, which broke a lot of
> my configuration, as I rely on those in scripts.
> I was able to fix it by writing a script[2] to drop in /etc/profile.d/ that
> would create those directories and export the variables as required, but
> what I want to know is why they broke in the first place.
> Has anyone else experienced this?
> Robbie
> [1]
> http://standards.freedesktop.org/basedir-spec/basedir-spec-latest.html#variables
> [2] Like this (taken from /etc/xdg/xfce4/xinitrc) :
>     #!/bin/sh
>     # $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
>     # $HOME/.config should be used.
>     if test "x$XDG_CONFIG_HOME" = "x" ; then
>         XDG_CONFIG_HOME=$HOME/.config
>         export XDG_CONFIG_HOME
>     fi
>     [ -d "$XDG_CONFIG_HOME" ] || mkdir "$XDG_CONFIG_HOME"

You can only expect these to be set if the default has been changed.
If they're unset, it means anything querying them should fall back to
~/.config (and the other fallbacks).

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