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Re: Report on environment variable issues

From: Mikhail Kryshen
Subject: Re: Report on environment variable issues
Date: Wed, 04 Sep 2019 05:30:29 +0300
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Tirifto <address@hidden> writes:

> After some investigation, it turned out that GNOME Shell falls back on
> a certain default value when the variable is empty, which already
> contains paths that GNOME Shell needs to function properly. So when the
> user extends the existing value of ‘$XDG_DATA_DIRS’ with another path,
> the variable is no longer empty, so GNOME Shell never gets to fall back
> to the paths it actually needs, and crashes instead.

GNOME does this in accordance with XDG Base Directory Specification, see

  "If $XDG_DATA_DIRS is either not set or empty, a value equal to
  /usr/local/share/:/usr/share/ should be used."


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