2012/5/25 Jeremy Bicha <jbicha@ubuntu.com>
On 15 May 2012 09:17, Benny Malengier <benny.malengier@gmail.com> wrote:
> You are right however, it is not ideal. To avoid a broken database is
> however the most important. Main problem with the hidden directory seems to
> be that people forget to include it in their backup. We hoped that people
> would wonder 'where does gramps store my family trees', and based on that
> add .gramps to the backup scheme, but you find here and there a user that
> looses everything because they did not do so.

I believe this line of the freedesktop standard is relevant:

"$XDG_DATA_HOME defines the base directory relative to which user
specific data files should be stored. If $XDG_DATA_HOME is either not
set or empty, a default equal to $HOME/.local/share should be used."

http://standards.freedesktop.org/basedir-spec/basedir-spec-latest.html

Users should know to backup their .local and .config if they expect to
take their app settings and configurations with them.

Yes, I believe email progs store there the emails now (if you do not use webmail).
However, I'm pretty sure many users have been burned by that .local/share directory. It is not because it is in freedesktop that it is a good idea. Specifically, the users working with Gramps mostly have no idea hidden directories exist.
As a linux user I don't like the idea that Windows would be a better environment for common users (on windows it is not a hidden directory).

Benny
 

Jeremy

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