new $HOME, what the X11 brought in

So prior to yesterday, my new and clean $HOME had not seen any X session at all. No freedesktop defined XDG base directories.

Then I logged in and…

…wait, what’s that? XDG Base Directories?

OK, so, we all know and love (hate?) our ~/Desktop, ~/Downloads, ~/Templates, ~/Public, ~/Documents, ~/Music, ~/Pictures, ~/Videos directories, right? Well, they’re defined as a freedesktop standard (see here: ), and are configured locally at: ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs

So prior to logging in to X, I had three of those eight already, since they had actual content from my backups – ie, were worth restoring already. They were: ~/Desktop, ~/Public,  and ~/Videos

After logging in, I naturally gained the other 5.

But what else got pushed into $HOME? Luckily for posterity, I saved a file list both before and after. So, for no more than a simple login to X, and run a few apps (discounting internal configuration tools, I think I’ve really only run gnome-terminal, firefox, thunderbird, chromium and libreoffice so far), I have these files/directories extra…

  • .adobe
  • .config
  • .dbus
  • .dmrc
  • .esd_auth
  • .face
  • .gconfd
  • .gksu.lock
  • .gnome2
  • .gnome2_private
  • .gstreamer-0.10
  • .gvfs
  • .ICEauthority
  • .icons
  • .libreoffice
  • .linuxmint
  • .local
  • .macromedia
  • .mozilla
  • .nautilus
  • .pekwm
  • .pki
  • .themes
  • .thumbnails
  • .thunderbird
  • .Xauthority
  • .xsession-errors

So, there is a list I only expect to grow (but not to track) over time, and it’s entirely possible I’ve missed some (I’ve certainly skipped a few I know I added manually (.fonts, .fontconfig) since I don’t know if they’d have been automatically added or not.

Anyway, the upshot of all this? Hello cruft!

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