[arch-general] XDG variables no longer set

Robbie Smith zoqaeski at gmail.com
Tue Feb 26 06:57:13 EST 2013

On 26/02/13 22:44, Daniel Micay wrote:
> 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).
They didn’t exist at all. I had to manually export them or they didn’t 
exist at login, which is why I wrote that script.

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