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bug#583: Use XDG basedir spec for configuration files?

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: bug#583: Use XDG basedir spec for configuration files?
Date: Sat, 31 Aug 2019 19:02:01 -0700
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Glenn Morris wrote:
IMO this means one should allow a user-defined user-emacs-directory,
which means un-wontfix'ing https://debbugs.gnu.org/15539  .

Thanks for mentioning that. I followed up in that bug report, here:


By the way, making user-emacs-directory a variable instead of a constant has its downsides, because if a user changes user-emacs-directory, then a lot of other variables will keep their old values derived from the previous value of user-emacs-directory, leading to a confusing mish-mosh of old and new behavior. Changing user-emacs-directory works coherently only if it's done very early in startup (which is all that Bug#15539 was asking for).

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