Linux/Unix folder paths

Frank D. Engel, Jr. fde101 at
Thu May 5 14:44:04 EDT 2005

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There is no real firm standard as far as storing prefs on a *NIX-type 
system; different programs make up their own, and there are special 
places for certain graphical environments such as GNUstep.

One simple way is to place a hidden file (start the name with a dot) in 
the user's home directory; use a hidden folder if you need multiple 
such files.

On May 4, 2005, at 7:15 PM, Sarah Reichelt wrote:

> Hello all you Linux/Unix gurus out there,
> I was hoping someone would be able to tell me a few things about where 
> such systems put various types of files.
> Where so you store preferences? I see that the specialFolderPath() 
> function is Windows & Mac only, so how would I know where to store 
> preferences on a Linux system?
> Where should an application be installed? And what if I want the 
> application to be available to a particular user only e.g. on my Mac 
> OS X system, I have /Applications for apps that everyone can use and 
> /Users/sarah/Applications for apps that only I can use. The second is 
> better if I need to write to the application folder as the user has 
> write access to that folder even if not an admin user (at least I 
> think that is correct).
> TIA,
> Sarah
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Frank D. Engel, Jr.  <fde101 at>

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