Support for the Freedesktop.org XDG Base Directory Specification in Thunderbird

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6 years ago
6 months ago

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(Reporter: Tristan Miller, Unassigned)

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(Depends on: 1 bug)

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Description

6 years ago
Currently Thunderbird stores its user application data (preferences, cache, etc.) in ~/.thunderbird, thus cluttering the user's home directory with yet another arbitrarily chosen hidden directory.  Thunderbird should instead support the Freedesktop.org XDG Base Directory Specification <http://freedesktop.org/wiki/Specifications/basedir-spec> under GNU/Linux.

The same problem is the subject of Bug 247973, though the proposed resolution is less preferable.

Similar requests have already been made for Firefox (Bug 259356) and SeaMonkey (Bug 726939).

Updated

6 years ago
Depends on: 259356
Summary: Support for the Freedesktop.org XDG Base Directory Specification → Support for the Freedesktop.org XDG Base Directory Specification in Thunderbird

Comment 1

5 years ago
* ping

Comment 2

5 years ago
According to XDG Base directory specification, Thunderbird@ should not have its own folder anymore:
User data should go into $XDG_DATA_HOME (which default to ~/.local/share),
user preferences should go into $XDG_CONFIG_HOME (which default to ~/.config)
and cached data should go to $XDG_CACHE_HOME (which default to ~/.cache).
More details at :
http://ploum.net/post/207-modify-your-application-to-use-xdg-folders
https://live.gnome.org/GnomeGoals/XDGConfigFolders

Full specification can be found at: 
http://standards.freedesktop.org/basedir-spec/latest/

The Freedesktop.org XDG base directory specification have good de facto adoption.
It has been adopted by:
- GNOME ( https://live.gnome.org/GnomeGoals/XDGConfigFolders )
- GTK+ ( https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=646631 )
- KDE ( http://techbase.kde.org/KDE_System_Administration/XDG_Filesystem_Hierarchy#Freedesktop.org_and_Standard_Directories )
- QT ( http://harmattan-dev.nokia.com/docs/library/html/qt4/qsettings.html#setPath )
- XFCE ( http://docs.xfce.org/xfce/xfce4-session/advanced in Files and Environment Variables )
- LXDE
- Razor-qt
- VLC ( https://trac.videolan.org/vlc/ticket/1267 )
- GStreamer ( https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=518597 )
- Chrome ( http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=16976 )
- many more upstream applications
- Ubuntu ( http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/6557/ & http://packages.ubuntu.com/fr/source/precise/libxdg-basedir )
- Debian ( http://packages.debian.org/squeeze/libxdg-basedir1 )
- Red Hat
- Fedora
- Suse
- many more distributions

I think that Thunderbird should use same locations than the vast majority of Desktop environment and applications.


There are real advantages of following this specification :
- a lot less cluttered $HOME
- Make backups a lot more safer and easier.
  Backuping your $XDG_DATA_HOME along with your files is enough 
  (or just excluding $XDG_CACHE_HOME)
- A lot easier to reset a default configuration if you want/need it (and 
  without any risk to loose informations). Even for the software itself 
  could choose to reset $XDG_CONFIG_HOME if needed.
- Avoid some strange bugs that happens because you had a old version of 
  some configuration file
- A lot more of flexibility and portability because no path are hardcoded.

Comment 3

10 months ago
Pinging. Over 4 years later, this bug should be confirmed.

Comment 4

7 months ago
Когда же эти пидары эту паеботу исправят? Неужели так трудно слодовать по спецификациям???
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