XDG Base Directory
Proposition to add 'Organize user configuration' section in 'System maintenance' and make more obvious reference to 'XDG Base Directory support' and 'Dotfiles#Version control'
Of course I agree that there shouldn't be a detailed explanation here, however I think it's also true that currently it's not very easy to reach XDG Base Directory support through links from this article: I think the best path is only from a link in System maintenance#Old configuration files, which is a too specific section. What if we add a new, more explicit section in System maintenance (maybe only under System_maintenance#Tips_and_tricks?) like this:
Organize user configuration
Many applications store user-specific data, such as configuration files, inside the
$HOME folder: in order to facilitate maintenance it is important to organize those files in a rational and easily-accessible way. See XDG Base Directory support for the most commonly followed standard; see Dotfiles#Version control for common helper tools.
- That sounds good, but it'd be even better as part of a larger Backup section, with amongst others a link to Synchronization_and_backup_programs. -- Alad (talk) 19:42, 21 September 2016 (UTC)
- But System_maintenance#Backup already links to Synchronization_and_backup_programs, or were you talking about adding a Backup section to this very article?
- Instead, I propose to:
- Rename System_maintenance#Clean_the_filesystem to #Tidy_up_the_file_systems;
- Rename System_maintenance#Old_configuration_files to #Organize_configuration_files;
- Merge my section above into #Organize_configuration_files;
- Merge the link to Dotfiles#Version control inside System_maintenance#Configuration_files.
- — Kynikos (talk) 11:19, 22 September 2016 (UTC)