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Re: [bug #38611] Wish: more decimal number for p values

From: John Darrington
Subject: Re: [bug #38611] Wish: more decimal number for p values
Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2013 09:11:42 +0200
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On Sun, Mar 31, 2013 at 05:57:36PM +0000, Mindaugas wrote:
     Follow-up Comment #3, bug #38611 (project pspp):
     I think PSPPIRE should read [the stat file] $HOME/.pspp/rc 
     (why not $HOME/.config/pspp/rc or $HOME/.config/psppire/rc ?)

I think this is a good question.

I suppose there is historical precident that user config files go in 
but  I am not aware of any specification which mandates or even suggests this.

XDG Base Directory Specification suggests $XDG_CONFIG_HOME (which defaults to 
$HOME/.config )  Now the XDG specs are historically used for GUI applications,
which is why we have $HOME/.config/psppirerc which stores the users preferred
window sizes and positions.  This has the advantage that the same psppirerc
file can  be used when the session occurs over a remote login.

However I see now reason why the XDG recommendations cannot be used for non-gui 

On the other hand I think most other GNU applications (and many non-GNU ones) 
use $HOME/.<application-name> eg: ~/.emacs ~/.gnucash ~/.gnash ~/.gstreamer
So we'd be breaking a tradition if we started using something else.

Personally I don't particularly like the proliferation of .* files in my home 
but I think it's a tradition that will be hard to break.


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