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Why Does Linux Treat Users So Niggardly? wink

Should I write an "article": "Why does Linux treat users so niggardly?" going on about how for applications, variables, system data, common database data, configuration files, source code, libraries, object code, ..., Linux has a myriad of directories to store them--when it comes to user data, it forces the user's data to share space with the user's configuration files in one "tiny" directory, /home/<user>




Things to Cover

  • it's not so much that I can't create other directories (I can, I have), it's that I lack tools (environment variables, an alternate to ~) to point to them conveniently
  • $XDG_DATA_DIR and $XDG_CONFIG_DIR (sp?): when I first read about those (on freedesktop.org, iirc), I thought they were my salvation. Turns out they are being used (at least in kde) for data for the desktop (e.g., icons, ...)

Things not to Cover

  • Rambling on the generic terms for VTs and xterms
  • Other rambling

The Article


Definitions of Niggardly (just in case)

from a Google search:

Definitions of niggardly on the Web:

  • grudging: petty or reluctant in giving or spending; "a niggardly tip"

  • Niggardly is a word synonymous with stingy and miserly, and a niggard (noun) is a miser. The word may incorrectly be associated with "nigger", a racial slur against Blacks. Although the words sound similar, there is no etymological connection between the two: "niggard" and "niggle" came from the Old Norse verb nigla, meaning "to fuss about small matters", while "nigger" derives from niger, the Latin for "black".

  • scant, meager, very little


  • () RandyKramer - 14 Nov 2006
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