[arch-general] XDG variables no longer set

Leonid Isaev lisaev at umail.iu.edu
Tue Feb 26 13:32:07 EST 2013

On Tue, 26 Feb 2013 22:42:32 +1100
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.

Are there any packaged applications broken, or only your 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.

libx11 no longer ships the XDG_CONFIG_* variables. Also, notice that xfce4 by
itself does not need XDG_CONFIG_* to be set.

> 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"

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