Wireshark-bugs: [Wireshark-bugs] [Bug 6353] Wireshark should respect freedesktop.org XDG Base Di
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2011 13:47:24 -0700 (PDT)

--- Comment #1 from Guy Harris <[email protected]> 2011-09-17 13:47:23 PDT ---
I sincerely hope no part of any GUI desktop environment is solely responsible
for setting any of those environment variables, so that they're not set unless
you're running from a GUI session, as not all components of Wireshark
necessarily run in a GUI session, and it would be Truly Horrible if, for
example, Wireshark and TShark were to find the Wireshark preferences file in
separate directories.  (TShark, for example, should not only be runnable from a
terminal emulator fired up from a GUI session, it should be runnable from an
ssh session and, heck, it should be runnable if you hook a VT100 up to a serial
adapter and log in through getty.  Yes, I'm serious.)

Is there a rationale document for this specification, to clarify what some of
the terms in the document mean (for example, what distinguishes "configuration
files" from other "data files"), and to indicate into which category files such
as user-provided plugins fall (are they "data files"?).

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