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Re: Default for image-dired-main-image-directory

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Default for image-dired-main-image-directory
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2021 16:12:04 +0300

> From: Stefan Kangas <stefan@marxist.se>
> Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2021 12:25:51 +0200
> Cc: Emacs developers <emacs-devel@gnu.org>
> Eli Zaretskii <eliz@gnu.org> writes:
> >   (defcustom image-dired-main-image-directory
> >     (or (xdg-user-dir "PICTURES") "~/pics/")
> >
> > Why "~/pics/"?  What platform behaves like that?  Probably none.
> (I will reply to your other points separately, this is a bit of a tangent.)
> That's the old default, so if you don't use XDG this code will behave
> exactly as before.  So this is a step forward on GNU/Linux, and
> everyone else is unaffected (unless they have specifically opted in).

It is a step forward for GNU/Linux, maybe, but it is a step back for
Emacs, for the reasons I explained.

> We could use something more reasonable than "~/pics" of course, which
> just seems to be what someone happened to be using at some point.
> I suggest "~/Pictures", which is at least used by XDG.

How about if we DTRT right away, and provide reasonable defaults for
all the non-XDG platforms (assuming we prefer platform-specific
defaults in this particular case)?  I see no real reason to install

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