Re: Why are .thunderbird and .evolution hidden ?

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On Thu, 2010-02-25 at 20:20 +1030, Tim wrote:
> On Thu, 2010-02-25 at 16:47 +1100, Chris Smart wrote:
> > I'm sure there's a more accurate historical reason, but all of your
> > application's configuration settings and data are stored that way to
> > avoid you deleting things accidentally and keep your home directory
> > clutter free. Under Windows things are hidden away in weird places
> > like "C:\Documents and Settings\User\Local Data\Application Data\" but
> > on Unix, everything related to you sits in your home directory. Where
> > else would they put it?
> There's been arguments for ~/local/ or ~/.local/ for some time, so that
> all the stuff you normally don't want to see is one place, and you can
> use all of your home for yourself, without having to weed through the
> chaff.  It would make backups easy, where you can back up all your
> configurations, without personal files, or vice versa, without making
> lots of rules about what to include/exclude.

Like many good ideas, I'd say that this one has very little chance of
becoming standard practice, given that each Linux app decides for itself
where to put its config files and the lack of such a standard isn't
causing enough pain to make it worthwhile to invest the considerable
effort it take to change everything. Sad but true.

More to the point, my answer to the OP would be "use a real backup
solution". K3B is for burning optical media. Of course you can use it to
copy your important files, but reliable backup means automating as much
as possible, including specifying which files and directories to copy on
a regular basis. There are a number of backup solutions out there, from
rsync scripts to user-friendly GUI apps, and many of them allow you to
queue files for burning to an optical medium if that's what you want to


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