Ticket #7399 (new Bug report)

Opened 3 years ago

Last modified 16 months ago

configuration files in linux are not located according to the freedesktop guidelines

Reported by: spectral Owned by:
Priority: normal Component: FileZilla Client
Keywords: Cc:
Operating system type: Linux Operating system version:


Configuration files should be in $HOME/.config/package/ as per the freedesktop guidelines:
$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.

See here:  http://standards.freedesktop.org/basedir-spec/basedir-spec-latest.html for more details.

I think this is a fairly easy task to do, and if everybody followed these guidelines we could maybe finally get rid of all these .dirs in the home directory.

Change History

Changed 23 months ago by eheintzmann

  • component changed from FileZilla Client to Unknown

Changed 22 months ago by eheintzmann

According to XDG Base directory specification:
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 :

Full specification can be found at:

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 )
- 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 Filezilla 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.

Changed 20 months ago by ci-dev

  • component changed from Unknown to FileZilla Client

Changed 16 months ago by ci-dev

For a related issue, see #7322.

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