Issue #346 on hold
You can find the specification here.
This blog post lists the advantages of using the XDG Base Directory Specification as follows:
$HOMEis a lot less cluttered.
- Backups are a lot more safer and easier (you know that creating a backup of your
$XDG_DATA_HOMEalong with your files is enough).
- A lot easier to reset a default configuration if you want/need it (and without any risk of losing information).
- Avoid some strange bugs that happen because you had a old version of some configuration file.
- It is a lot more flexible and portable because no paths are hard-coded. You can use the XDG library that does the job for you or, if you don’t want the dependency, implementing the XDG specification is only a few lines of code.
For example, what is currently
~/.tox/distshare would be
~/.cache/tox/distshare or something similar.